"The Detroit Tigers recognize the suspension of Spenser Watkins for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game, and the ballclub continues to fully support this policy," the team said in a statement. "The Tigers' organization will have no further comment on Watkins' suspension."
Tigers shortstop prospect JaCoby Jones is currently serving a 50-game suspension for a drug of abuse, a suspension that came down while he was playing in the Arizona Fall League.
Watkins was a 30th-round Draft pick by the Tigers in 2014 out of Western Oregon University who has had surprising results on his way up the farm system. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a 5-4 record and 2.48 ERA in 16 games, 15 of them starts, between short-season Class A Connecticut and West Michigan last season.
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