Five new names have been linked to the Biogenesis clinic, reports Mike Fish and T.J. Quinn of ESPN. The names included are Everth Cabrera, Jordan Norberto, Fernando Martinez, Fautino De Los Santos, and Cesar Puello.
All five players "were on a list as having received performance-enhancing drugs," according to the report. While this doesn't necessarily mean they did use PEDs, it's probably not a good list to be on.
Cabrera was the stolen base champion of the National League last year as shortstop for the San Diego Padres. He is not the type of player normally suspected of using PEDs, as he is smaller and more based on speed and instincts.
Norberto, 26, has pitched in parts of the last three seasons for the Oakland Athletics. He has had mixed success, but settled in last year as a reliever with an ERA of 2.77 before missing much of the season to injury.
Fernando Martinez was once considered an elite prospect in the Mets' system, but was never able to stay on the field as he dealt with various health issues. The Mets let him go to Houston for nothing in return, but he appeared to be carving out a decent role for them as a bench bat.
De Los Santos was dealt to the Brewers in exchange for catcher George Kottaras during last season, and he was once considered a top prospect as a starting pitcher or reliever.
Cesar Puello is an outfield prospect in the Mets' farm system. He has never made too big of a splash, but has always been regarded for his tools. It should be interesting to see if this changes his status as a prospect in any way.
This list of names is interesting, as it shows that some minor league players are trying to use the clinic as a way to gain an edge. Minor League Baseball's response to this news should be fascinating in the case of Puello.