On Wednesday morning, Houston Astro fans got their first bit of bad news during 2018's spring training as the organizations's top pitching prospect, right handed starter Forrest Whitley, received a 50 game suspension for violating minor league baseball's drug policy.
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.
There's no information on what drug popped on Whitley's test, but a reporter out of San Antonio (Whitley's hometown) is reporting that it was a stimulant.
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The defending champion Astros are heavy favorites to win the World Series again this season. Across all three levels, Whitley had an ERA of 2.83, and struck out 143 hitters in 92.1 innings. He finished the year at Double-A Corpus Christi. Major League Baseball made the announcement Wednesday morning, including that Whitley will serve the suspension to start the season for Double-A Corpus Christi.
Only entering his age-20 season, Whitley was unlikely to impact the Astros' deep rotation this season, but he's not too far away from the bigs.