Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb has been hit with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. He was found to have a substance known as dehydrochlormethyltestosterone in his system.
Webb entered the season as one of the Giants’ top prospects and had boosted his stock quite a bit in the early going. Through 27 innings over five starts at the Double-A level in 2019, he has allowed just six earned runs while compiling 31 strikeouts against seven walks.
The former fourth-round draft pick will now end up missing a big chunk of the season, which could well impact his timeline for reaching MLB readiness. He’ll also have to answer questions about the circumstances leading to the suspension. Webb denied knowingly ingesting the banned substance in a statement to Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group (Twitter link) and others.
It’s another suboptimal bit of news out of the Giants farm. The club’s two best prospects, Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos, are each sidelined with injuries — though neither appears to be particularly serious.