In the aftermath of the Miami New Times report of Tony Bosch and Biogensis, his supposed “anti-aging” clinic that was actually a PED supplier to prominent athletes, more MLB players have been linked to his clinic.
ESPN came out with a piece yesterday claiming Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, A’s reliever Jordan Norberto, 26, Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos and Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello were all on Bosch’s list of players who received PEDs.
Cabrera had a breakout season in 2012, leading the National League with 44 stolen bases after never stealing more than 25 bases in a season in his career.
Norberto went 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 39 games with the A’s last season before suffering from shoulder tendinitis in August, which shut him down for the rest of the season. He had undoubtedly his best season after appearing in only six games in 2011, and in 2010, recorded a 5.85 ERA in 33 games with the Diamondbacks.
Martinez, statistically, had his best season of his career in 2012 (seeing a trend here?). He played in 41 games for the Astros, smacked six home runs and hit .237. In 47 games from 2009-2011 with the Mets, he only hit two homers and failed to reach the Mendoza line in two of those seasons.
De Los Santos, who is now with the Padres, pitched in six games with the A’s last season and allowed two runs. In 11 minor league games at Triple A Nashville, he was 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA?
Puello is one of the top outfield prospects in the Mets system, and in fact, is on their 40-man roster as of now. He missed much of last season with a broken bone in his hand. He hit .260 with four home runs in Single A St. Lucie last season.