The Astros Single-A affiliates will be without an option at shortstop for at least the first 50 games of the 2017 season. The Crawfish Boxes No. 28 prospect Jonathan Arauz was suspended for testing positive for Methamphetamine.
#Astros SS prospect Jonathan Arauz highlights the list of preseason minor league drug suspensions. 50 games for a banned stimulant.— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) April 4, 2017
Arauz, 18, was included in the Ken Giles trade in 2015 between the Astros and Phillies, which sent Brett Oberholtzer, Harold Arauz, Mark Appel, Tom Eshelman and Vince Velasquez to Philadephia.
Arauz spent all of 2016 with the Greenville Astros, batting .249 (50x201) with 26 runs scored, 10 doubles, two home runs, and 18 RBIs.
Greenville has placed Arauz on the restricted list. Arauz becomes the third Astros player to suspended for drug-related issues: Brendan McCurry (Dec. 22, 2016) and Marc Wik (May 13).
Of course on the surface, methamphetamine sounds bad. But it can’t be assumed of where the methamphetamine came from or how much methamphetamine there was? But hopefully, the Astros are there with support either way.