Astros pitching prospect Whitley suspended 50 games for PED violation

Forrest Whitley

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1 prospect, right-handed pitcher Forrest Whitley, will have to wait awhile for his season to start. Whitley will be suspended for 50 games for violating the league's drug policy.

Whitley was selected 17th overall in the 2016 draft after pitching at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio.

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Whitley, 20, is one of the rising stars in minor league baseball and a top prospect for the Houston Astros. He traversed three levels in 2017, starting at Single-A. He finished the year with Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks and struck out 11 batters in six innings while allowing no runs in his debut against the Tulsa Drillers.

Whitley was poised to reach the majors at some point this season, so this puts a bit of a damper on his prospects for 2018.

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Whitley finished a year ago at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he went without a decision in 2 starts, 4 appearances and 14 2/3 innings. Normally, a PED suspension states the substance found, and "drug of abuse" suspensions do not.

Whitley is the third Astros' prospect, along with Dean Deetz and Jonathan Singleton, to be suspended for violations of the minor-league drug prevention program this offseason.

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