Fool me once, shame on you: Fool me twice, shame on me. Who's fault is the third time?
Milwaukee Brewers' lefty Will West has been suspended for the third time for testing positive for a banned substance, according to MiLB.com. The Office of the Commissioner stated West will serve a 100-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine. The suspension will begin once his current 50-game suspension is complete.
In parts of three seasons in the Brewers organization, West sports a 5.98 ERA in 20 starts.
West hasn't had your typical journey to the pros. West did attend Georgia Tech University, but never pitched collegiately. In high school he threw back-to-back no-hitters in 2009, and in 2010, and held opponents to a 1.80 ERA while striking out 91 in 65 innings. After he was declared academically ineligible, West transferred to Tallahassee Community College. He didn't get playing time at Tallahassee and ended up quitting to go back home to work in the family construction business. An old pitching coach spotted him playing on a traveling summer team and the rest is history.
At 6'4 throwing from the left side and only 21, West has plenty of time to right the ship, but how many teams want to sign someone who has been suspended three times and has yet to prove himself? Someone maybe? Unfortunately, he may have used up his last free pass.