Mariners outfield prospect Eric Filia received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a drug of abuse, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The suspension marks the second time Filia has failed a drug test, and he’s expected to miss the start of the 2018 season as a result.
The 25-year-old outfielder played through his first full season in the minors in 2017, slashing an impressive .326/.407/.434 with five home runs and nine stolen bases in 567 plate appearances for High-A Modesto. He chased that performance with another stunning run in the Arizona Fall League, finishing a 22-game tear with a .408 average and 13 RBI. MLB Pipeline ranks him no. 21 in the Mariners’ system, citing above average on-base skills and pitch recognition that compensate for his weaknesses on the field.
The club released a brief statement following Filia’s suspension: