Astros top prospect suspended 50 games for violating minor league drug policy

Houston Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley, considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, has been suspended 50 games for violating the drug prevention and treatment program, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

Whitley is ranked the #2 prospect in the Astros system according to MLB.com as well as the #10 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America. He's slated to start the 2018 season with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks.

Whitley will be suspended without pay beginning with the first game of the Double-A Texas League's upcoming season. At the moment, it's not officially known what drug Whitley tested positive for.

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Whitley, who was the No. 17 pick in the 2016 draft, had a 2.83 earned-run aveage with 143 strikeouts and 34 walks over 92.1 innings for three different teams. But Chuck Miketinac of Fox San Antonio reports from a source that it may have been some sort of stimulant, and not necessarily a performance-enhancer.

Whitley was an outside shot to see time during the season with the Astros, but was tracking as a member of the 2019 rotation.

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