Jonathan Singleton, one of the key prospects the Phillies sent to Houston in the 2011 Hunter Pence trade, was suspended on Wednesday for the first 50 games of the 2013 season after testing positive for marijuana. The 50-game suspension indicates this is Singleton’s second offense.
Singleton, one among a group of former Phillies’ prospects playing well in other organizations, was traded for Pence along with Jarred Cosart, Domingo Santana and Josh Zeid. The left-handed hitting first baseman is ranked by MLB.com as the Astros’ top prospect.
Singleton, 21, hit .284 with 21 homers and 79 RBIs for Double-A Corpus Christi last season. He represented the Houston organization in July’s Futures Game in Kansas City.
In a statement released through his agents, Singleton apologized for the suspension, according to ESPN.com.
"I was informed today that I have tested positive for marijuana," he 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.
"The Astros have been nothing but supportive of me and good to me in my short time with the organization. My hope is to use this as a learning experience and spend the rest of my career proving to myself and the baseball community that this was a lapse in judgment, and is not in any way indicative of my character or my dedication to baseball or to my team."