Galvez was one of 40 DSL players suspended this past season for 50 games for use of performance-enhancing drugs, an incidence that made front-page news in the Dominican Republic.There are many reasons cited -- poverty, naiveté, buscones, the fact that the D.R. is simply drowning in drugs -- but no matter the cause, any claim Major League Baseball makes that PEDs have been washed out of the system in a fit of post-Mitchell Report righteousness should be discounted out of hand.
The number is striking compared to the rest of pro baseball. The 1,207 players in the DSL — a rookie league that runs June to August and is populated mostly by Dominican and Venezuelan teenagers — made up 15% of all players under contract to major league teams at the start of the season, yet they accounted for nearly 60% (40 of 68) of positive drug tests this year.
UPDATE: I had forgotten when I posted this earlier, but if you have been reading IIATMS for a while, you know that a high positive rate in Latin America is nothing new.