Astros' prospect Forrest Whitley suspended for 50 games

Astros' prospect Forrest Whitley suspended for 50 games

Earlier this afternoon, it was announced that one of the best pitching prospects in the MLB, Forrest Whitley, had been suspended 50 games without pay for violating the minor-league drug program. He was expected to start the season in Corpus Christi, with a good chance to reach Triple-A Fresno and possibly pitch in the majors by the end of the season, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The 17th overall pick in the 2016 MLB draft, Whitley is rated the No. 2 pitcher and No. 10 overall prospect by Baseball America. The right-hander played at three minor league levels last season, finishing with Corpus Christi where he had a 1.84 ERA in four games.

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. But Chuck Miketinac of Fox San Antonio reports from a source that it may have been some sort of stimulant, and not necessarily a performance-enhancer.

Before the suspension, it was likely that Whitley would have gotten a late-season call-up to the majors if he continued to mow down hitters.