Mid-week word first started to spread that one of the Washington Nationals’ minor leaguers, Zechry Zinicola, has been suspended 50 games by Minor League Baseball. It would seem that this was the second time he has violated the league’s Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. By all accounts, the violation was for a drug of abuse and not due to a performance enhancing substance.
Zinicola was a 6th Round pick in the 2006 Draft, with expectations that he’d move quickly through the organization’s farm system once signed. The right-hander, who’ll turn 27 in March, first reached Triple-A in 2008 but has hovered between there and Double-A since. He split the 2011 season between the two levels – making 11 appearances in Double-A and 21 in Triple-A. In 40.1 innings he was 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA, 9.8 K/9, and 2.9 BB/9.
No player has ever reached the Major Leagues who’s initials were “Z.Z.”