Eric Filia suspended 50 games for second failed drug test

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Mariners outfield prospect Eric Filia received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a drug of abuse, Greg Johns of 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: