Astros prospect Forrest Whitley suspended 50 games for a drug of abuse

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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.

Whitley, 20, was the Astros' first round pick in 2016. The right-hander led the minor leagues in strikeouts per nine innings (13.94), and Baseball America lists him as the second-best pitching prospect in all of baseball behind the Angels' Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese import who likely will not play in the minor leagues. Major League Baseball made the announcement Wednesday morning, including that Whitley will serve the suspension to start the season for Double-A Corpus Christi. The official Major League Baseball press release did not specify the drug, however, or say "drug of abuse". He made four appearances for Corpus Christi and posted a 1.84 ERA. "I'm not in a position to release any information beyond that", Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow told the Athletic's Jake Kaplan.

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"We're disappointed in the outcome". But in this case obviously, as an organization, we're going to suffer a little bit. "But we're still hopeful and optimistic that Forrest is going to be a big part of our future". 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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