Greenville Drive 2B Yoan Moncada named SAL Most Outstanding MLB Prospect

Second baseman Yoan Moncada (24) of the Greenville Drive in a game against the Charleston RiverDogs on Monday, June 29, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. The Cuban-born 19-year-old Red Sox signee has been ranked the No. 1 international prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Greenville won, 4-2. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Second baseman Yoan Moncada (24) of the Greenville Drive in a game against the Charleston RiverDogs on Monday, June 29, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. The Cuban-born 19-year-old Red Sox signee has been ranked the No. 1 international prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Greenville won, 4-2. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Greenville Drive second baseman Yoan Moncada has been named to the South Atlantic League Annual All-Star Team and was selected as the league’s Most Outstanding MLB Prospect, league President Eric Krupa announced Tuesday.

For more on the story: GoUpstate.com

Red Sox prospect Michael Kopech suspended

Michael Kopech

Pitcher Michael Kopech (34) of the Greenville Drive warms up before a game against the Savannah Sand Gnats on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Kopech was a first-round pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. Savannah won in 11, 7-5. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Boston Red Sox 2014 first-round draft pick Michael Kopech was suspended for 50 games on Thursday after the commissioner’s office said he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The Greenville Drive righty appeared in 16 games this season and was 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA and 70 strikeouts. Last month he was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Team.

Read more about it here.

He released the following statement to MiLB.com:

“I would like to start by apologizing to all of baseball, baseball fans, and specifically the Red Sox and Red Sox fan base. I respect the game as much, if not more than, anyone else. With that being said, I never have and never will intentionally cheat the game that has been so great to me. I haven’t bought any supplements that aren’t NSF certified for sport. Therefore, I know I have not bought a supplement containing this drug. I have never heard of Oxilofrine, honestly. Apparently, it is a drug that many people use for weight loss. I have been trying to gain weight since I signed with the Red Sox. I do understand this is also a stimulant. This drug would have no positive outcome for me and that’s why I chose to appeal. I realized I didn’t have much evidence to prove that I’m innocent, but I didn’t have any understanding of how I could have failed a test. I respect the system and understand why they have to be so careful with the testing. I also understand why that means my suspension couldn’t have been overturned without proper evidence. I have 50 games to get to work and better myself and as a ball player. Next season I’ll be better than ever. Drug free.”

Yoan Moncada of the Greenville Drive

Second baseman Yoan Moncada (24) of the Greenville Drive watches his game-tying double in the 8th inning of a game against the Charleston RiverDogs on Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Charleston cane back to win, 12-9. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

2B Mauricio Dubon of the Greenville Drive

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Second baseman Mauricio Dubon (10) of the Greenville Drive stretches for a ground ball in the second inning of a game against the Kannapolis Intimidators on Monday, June 1, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville, 10-9. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

LHP Matt Tenuta of the Lexington Legends

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Pitcher Matt Tenuta of the Lexington Legends pitches in the rain in a game against the Greenville Drive on Tuesday, April 15, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

RHP Reed Reilly of the Greenville Drive

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Starting pitcher Reed Reilly of the Greenville Drive in a game against the Asheville Tourists on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Reedy Rip’It of the Greenville Drive

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Mascot Reedy Rip’It of the Greenville Drive slaps hands with fans before a game against the Augusta GreenJackets on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Augusta won, 2-1. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

C Jordan Procyshen of the Greenville Drive

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Catcher Jordan Procyshen (17) of the Greenville Drive fist bumps with a fan before a game against the Augusta GreenJackets on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Augusta won, 2-1. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

RHP Kuehl McEachern of the Greenville Drive

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Pitcher Kuehl McEachern of the Greenville Drive in a game against the Asheville Tourists on Friday, April 24, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

1B Nick Longhi of the Greenville Drive

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First baseman Nick Longhi (21) of the Greenville Drive in a game against the Asheville Tourists on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

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