Top Astros Prospect Forrest Whitley Suspended 50 Games

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Looking through all the top prospect lists that have come out in recent weeks, there’s one name prevalent in each top 10: Houston Astros pitcher Forrest Whitley. Baseball America has him ranked 10th, ESPN’s Keith Law 8th, and Baseball Prospectus 10th — yeah, he’s widely regarded as the top prospect arm in the game if you don’t count Shohei Ohtani.
However, Forrest’s meteoric rise has hit a road bump with reports that he’s been suspended 50 games for violating Minor League Baseball’s drug program. ESPN’s Buster Olney notes the suspension is without pay.


What Forrest tested positive for hasn’t been revealed, but Fox San Antonio’s Chuck Miketinac says a source told him he was given a stimulant to help him stay awake for a long drive.


Astros GM Jeff Lunhow was obviously shocked and disappointed that their prized arm was popped:


Forrest pitched in three levels last season and racked up 143 strikeouts in just over 92 innings pitched. 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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