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Pirates prospect Ji-Hwan Bae suspended for domestic violence

NEW YORK (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop prospect Ji-Hwan Bae has been suspended for 30 games for violating minor league baseball's domestic violence policy.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the suspension will start Thursday.

Bae agreed to a minor league contract in March 2018 for a $1.2 million signing bonus. He was accused by a former girlfriend of domestic violence, South Korean media and The Athletic reported last May.

The 19-year-old batted .271 with 13 RBIs and 10 steals in 35 games last year with the rookie level Gulf Coast Pirates. He was 4 for 21 (.190) with three RBIs in five games this season for Class A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League.

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Updated April 17, 2019

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