Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that Astros shortstop prospect Jonathan Arauz has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for Methamphetamine.
Arauz, 18, was acquired by the Astros from the Phillies in the Ken Giles trade in December 2015. Last season, with the Astros’ rookie ball team in Greeneville, Tennessee, Arauz hit .249/.323/.338 with 13 extra-base hits, 18 RBI, and 26 runs scored in 229 plate appearances. He was on the Astros’ low-A roster in Quad Cities to start the 2017 season.
MLB Pipeline ranked Arauz the 18th-best prospect in the Astros’ minor league system.
Arauz was not the only one suspended. Emmanuel Burriss of the Nationals received a 50-game suspension, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Ty Ross, and Cody Brickhouse of the Giants were also suspended.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.