Current Cardinal, former USM pitcher suspended

NEW YORK (AP) - Former Southern Miss Golden Eagles pitcher Andrew Pierce has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for an amphetamine.

The suspension, announced Wednesday by the commissioner's office, will begin with the start of the New York-Penn League season this summer.

The 23-year-old Pierce was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round of the 2013 amateur draft. He went 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA in seven starts and five relief appearances last year for the State College Spikes of the Class A NYP League.

In 2013, the right-hander finished his senior year at the University of Southern Mississippi with a 9-2 record and 2.57 ERA. He was a finalist for the Ferris Trophy, given to the top collegiate baseball player in the state of Mississippi, and was named a first-team Conference USA selection for the second consecutive season.

There have been nine suspensions this year under the minor league program.

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