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Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley suspended for violating drug program

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Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has been suspended for violating the drug program. (KTRK)

Houston Astros minor leaguer Forrest Whitley, one of the game's top pitching prospects, has been suspended 50 games for a violation of minor league baseball's drug program, according to sources.

Whitley, 20, was the Astros' first-round pick in 2016 (17th overall). A product of Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, Whitley advanced from low-A ball to Double-A last season; he had a 1.84 ERA in four appearances for Double-A Corpus Christi in 2017.

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The Astros have fended off recent trade interest in the 6-foot-7 right-hander, who is ranked eighth among the top 100 prospects this spring, according to ESPN's Keith Law.

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