Prospect apologizes for positive tests

Right-hander Brandon Welch, the Mets farmhand who was suspended 50 games on Friday by Major League Baseball for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, took responsibility for his actions in a series of tweets from his account, @B_Welch21.

"I would like to take this time to sincerely apologize to Mr. Fred and Jeff Wilpon, Mr. Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets organization," Welch wrote. "I am ashamed of myself for my actions that I very much regret. There is nothing I can say that is politically correct that will make this any easier. I let down and disappointed my family, friends, and fans who have supported me throughout my career. Most importantly the New York Mets organization who have given me the opportunity to chase my dream and play the game I love that I put my blood, sweat and tears in.

"This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to deal with. Although you can't go back and change the poor decisions you make in life, you can learn from them and move forward in a positive way in both my life and in my career which I plan to do. I apologize to the Commissioner's Office and Major League Baseball and take full responsibility for my actions and accept the repercussions from the MLB. These were not my intentions and will make me work even harder at my craft and become a better representative in both my self and as a New York Met. I will not accept anything less. My expectations for my self and hopefully from everyone else to become a successful Major League Baseball player will not change cause of this issue.

"I will stay strong through these hardships in life and will not let it get me down. I hope everyone can move past this as I'm willing to do and keep supporting me along the way throughout my career. Thank you!"