Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley suspended 50 games


Whitley ended the season at the AA level, which for a pitcher his age, was a huge accomplishment.

MLB announced Wednesday morning that Houston Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has been suspended for 50 games for violating a minor league drug prevention program. He was ranked as a top-10 prospect in baseball this spring by outlets like (ninth), Baseball America (10th) and Baseball Prospectus (10th). Jonathan Singleton was suspended for testing positive for a drug of abuse, and Dean Deetz was suspended for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance.

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Whitley, 20, was the Astros' first round pick in 2016.

There's no information on what drug popped on Whitley's test, but a reporter out of San Antonio (Whitley's hometown) is reporting that it was a stimulant.

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Last season, Whitley pitched to a 2.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 143 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings between Class A (46 1/3 IP), Class A-Advanced (31 1/3 IP) and Double-A (14 2/3 IP). He'll likely get back to dominating the minors, and maybe even get the call late in the season, after he serves his suspension.

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