Twins Minor League right-hander Dallas Gallant has been suspended 50 games without pay after testing postiive for an amphetamine in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Gallant, currently on the roster of Class A Cedar Rapids, will begin serving his suspension at the start of the 2014 season.
"He made a mistake and now he's going to have to pay for it," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "It's too bad. I hate to see that happen. It takes away valuable time for anybody when you lose 50 games in the season. That's quite a bit."
The 24-year-old Gallant split last year between Rookie-level Elizabethton and Cedar Rapids, going a combined 3-1 with a 5.47 ERA over 22 appearances. He struck out 36 batters in 26 1/3 innings, an average of 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings.
Gallant was selected by the Twins in the 23rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and has spent three years in Minnesota's system, none of them above Class A ball in the Midwest League. Overall, he has gone 6-1 with a 3.49 ERA, 73 strikeouts and 30 walks in 56 2/3 innings.