Astros’ Prospect Forrest Whitley Suspended 50 Games


The Houston Astros can’t be too pleased with their top pitching prospect as Forrest Whitley has been suspended for 50 games for for a violation of minor league baseball’s drug program, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.

Whitley, 20, was the Astros’ first-round pick in 2016 and will not be paid as he serves his lengthy suspension.

Whitley advanced from low-A ball to Double-A last season and posted a combined 5-4 with a 2.83 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 92⅓ innings, highlighted by a performance in Double-A Corpus Christi in which he posted a 1.84 ERA.