Phillies pitching prospect suspended 50 games

Phillies pitching prospect suspended 50 games

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Shane Watson, the Phillies' first pick of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, has been suspended for 50 games without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

His suspension will take effect at the start of the 2015 South Atlantic League season. Watson is currently on the roster of the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws, but he missed the entire 2014 season due to shoulder surgery and remains in the rehab stage.

Watson, who turned 21 in August, was drafted 40th overall. He has posted a 4.75 ERA, 53 strikeouts and 28 walks in 79 Minor League innings, mostly as a starter.

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.