Even though he was only drafted by the Phillies nine months ago, Skylar Hunter failed a drug test for the second time in his short professional career, prompting a 50-game suspension. Both failed drug tests were for what are termed a "drug of abuse," not performance enhancing drugs. Hunter will be allowed to use the Phillies facilities, but won't be paid during the suspension.
Hunter spent his first professional season in the bullpen with the Williamsport Crosscutters, pitching in 22 games, with a 3-3 record and a 3.48 ERA. Williamsport's season doesn't open until June, but it's unclear whether Hunter will have to start the suspension then or at the beginning of the minor league season. It's likely that the suspension will be allowed to begin on opening day of the minor league season and not opening day for Williamsport. It's not out of the question that Hunter, 22, could have been assigned to Lakewood to open the season.
The Phillies drafted Hunter out of The Citadel, where he went 8-14 with a 3.50 ERA in 95 relief appearances, saving 41 games for the Bulldogs.