Astros prospect Forrest Whitley suspended for violating drug program

Astros prospect Forrest Whitley suspended 50 games for violation of MiLB drug program

Houston Astros Minor League pitcher Forrest Whitley, the organization's top pitching prospect, was suspended Wednesday 50 games for violation of the minor league drug program. He will be suspended without pay, and this will only put off his 2018 major league debut.

Whitley isn't just the top prospect on the Astros, he's one of the top prospects in all of baseball. While at Corpus Christi, he struck out 26 batters in only 14.2 innings.

"We're disappointed in the outcome". "We support Major League Baseball's drug program and we do everything we can to educate our guys and keep them from making decisions that result in suspensions".

Whitley, a 20-year old right-hander from San Antonio Alamo Heights, is ranked as the No. 9 overall prospect by MLB.com as he climbed from low-A to Double-A during the 2017 season. At the moment, it's not officially known what drug Whitley tested positive for. He signed with the Astros out of high school after he led the Mules to the state finals in his senior season.

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