The Eastern League announced that Binghamton Mets reliever Chase Huchingson was suspended for 50 games today without pay, after his second violation of the league’s drug abuse policy. (marijuana, cocaine, etc,)
This news comes on the heels of two scoreless innings from Huchingson yesterday — and in fact, a spectacular season in relief for Binghamton overall.
He has appeared in 45 games for Double-A Binghamton, while posting a 1.61 ERA and a 29/68 BB:K ratio. The young left-hander had finished 15 games for Binghamton in 2013, earning one save, and his 45 appearances have spanned 67.0 innings.
To replace Huchingson, the B-Mets announced that Jack Leathersich has been demoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Leathersich struggled with his command since he was promoted to Vegas earlier this year and had a walk rate of 8.3 despite a great 14.3 strikeout rate.
The hard-throwing lefthander had a 1.53 ERA in 24 appearances with Binghamton, with 55 strikeouts and 16 walks in 29.1 innings pitched. Leathersich will bolster their bullpen as the get ready for postseason play in the Eastern League.