Ronny Paulino, 32, is a veteran of eight major league seasons, and joined the Tigers system last year. (Winslow Townson / Getty Images)
That's strike two.
Tigers minor league catcher Ronny Paulino has been suspended 100 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs for a second time, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.
Paulino first was suspended in 2010 while with the Marlins.
Should he fail a third test, he would receive a lifetime ban from baseball. Nobody is known to have received a lifetime PED ban since drug testing was initiated.
Paulino, 32, is a veteran of eight major league seasons, and joined the Tigers system last year. He played 13 games at Triple-A Toledo, batting .267 with one home run and six RBIs.
He re-signed after the season and likely was headed to Toledo again, as there's a long list of catchers in front of him on the depth chart — including Alex Avila and Bryan Holaday at the major-league level, followed by prospect James McCann, and then Ramon Cabrera. Paulino is the definition of "organizational depth."
Of course, his loss stings during spring training, when catchers are in high demand — given all the pitchers who need to get their work in.
Paulino broke in with the Pirates in 2005 and played with them until 2008. He then spent two seasons with the Marlins, one with the Mets and another with the Orioles.
His best season was 2007, when he batted .263 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs.