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March 16, 2016

Phillies minor-league pitcher suspended 50 games by MLB

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Phillies players warm up during spring training in Clearwater, Fla.

Right-handed pitcher Skylar Hunter, a 22-year-old in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system, has been suspended for the first 50 games of the 2016 season following a second failed drug test for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.

Hunter, currently on single-A Lakewood's roster, appeared in 22 games last season for low single-A Williamsport and posted a 3.48 ERA in 33.2 innings pitched.


Last season was Hunter's first in the Phillies organization after the team took 6-foot-1, 185 pound righty in the 12th round of the 2015 MLB Draft after his junior year at The Citadel.

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