Ex-Gator Harrison suspended 100 games by MiLB


Published: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 2:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 2:57 p.m.

NEW YORK — Minor league baseball free-agent outfielder Ben Harrison, a former Gator, has been suspended for violating the minor league drug program.

The commissioner’s office announced Harrison, who played most recently in the Florida Marlins’ system, has been suspended 100 games after buying and using amphetamines. His penalty will take effect as soon as he signs with another major league organization.

Harrison split the 2009 season between Class-A Advanced Jupiter, Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City, batting a combined .199 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs. The 28-year-old from Key West, Fla., a 2008 Texas League All-Star, was originally selected by Texas in the seventh round of the 2004 Draft out of the University of Florida, where he hit .343 with 40 homers, 192 RBIs and 37 steals over a four-year college career.

His 40 home runs and 192 RBIs each rank second all-time in Gators history, behind Major League veteran Brad Wilkerson.

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