Former RiverDogs catcher Jesus Montero tied to baseball PED scandal that includes A-Rod, Braun

Jesus Montero was 18 on the Charleston RiverDogs' media day on April 1, 2008.

Former Charleston RiverDogs catcher Jesus Montero is among 20 players that major league baseball reportedly will suspend for their connection to a South Florida clinic at the center of one of baseball’s biggest performance-enhancing drug scandals.

Montero, 23, hit .317 with 17 home runs for the RiverDogs in 2008 when he was one of the New York Yankees’ top minor league prospects. Montero was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 2012. He is batting .208 with three homers for the Mariners this season.

Other players implicated in the PED mess include stars Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers.

ESPN reports that MLB might seek 100-game suspensions for the players involved with Tony Bosch, founder of Biogenesis of America. Bosch apparently will meet with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in New York later this week.

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