Josh Sale, the former first round draft choice from 2010, has been released by the Tampa Bay Rays.
#Rays release 2010 first-round LF Josh Sale, who hit .238/.313/.344 in 90 G at High-A Charlotte in 2014. Suspended for entire 2013 season.— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) February 27, 2015
Sale was suspended in three consecutive years from 2012-2014, including an indefinite suspension that covered most of the 2013 season after an article on Deadspin title "On Facebook, Rays Prospect Brags About Throwing Change At A Stripper" -- with this picture accompanying the article and a screenshot from Sale's facebook describing the incident.
Here were his thoughts after the full season suspension:
After a lackluster first season back, he failed to impress at Port Charlotte (which was no surprise), until his second suspension for a drug of abuse last August.
There's an interesting parallel between former lauded Devil Rays prospect Josh Hamilton's recent issues with drugs of abuse, and the timing of Sale's release.