With the Hall of Fame vote revealed and the discussion surrounding PED-use raging, it would make sense to assume Jonathan Singleton's suspension was the result of a performance-enhancing drug. Instead, it was for regular old marijuana.*
*Kids, marijuana is a dangerous drug, but it has no known ability to improve a baseball player's skill.
The Houston Astros' prospect has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for marijuana in his system. Singleton will miss the first 50 games of the minor league season this year says Jerry Krasnick of ESPN. After news of the suspension came down, Singleton issued a statement.
"I was informed today that I have tested positive for marijuana," Singleton said in the statement. "As a result, I am being suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season. I accept the penalty and take full responsibility for my actions. I apologize to my parents, the Houston Astros and [general manager] Jeff Luhnow."
As one of the top prospects in the Astros' organization, missing 50 games will hurt. Singleton is in a phase in which he needs to develop as much as possible to prepare himself for the Majors. Missing 50 games out of a season already shorter than the Major League season will not help him.
Singleton was an eighth round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009. He was eventually moved to Houston where he has climbed as high as Double-A this past season. In his entire minor league career, spanning four seasons, Singleton has hit .291/.394/.470.
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