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Phillies prospect Alec Asher suspended for 80 games

The promising hurler was caught using illegal substances.
Asher went 0-6 in seven MLB starts last season in Philly.Getty Images

The Phillies felt really good about the depth of the starting pitching in their farm system — and probably still do. But with Vincent Velasquez sidelined with a bicep injury, recent news from Triple-A Lehigh Valley is not encouraging.

One of their most big-league ready starters, Alec Asher, was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball Thursday for using atestosterone-related performance enhancing drug, reported Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.

Asher was one of the highly-touted prospects sent over from the Rangers in last year's Cole Hamels deal (along withJerad Eickhoff, Jorge Alfaro, Nick Williams and Jake Thompson). Asher had a 2.30 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016, though he had been stuck on the disabled list of late.

No word yet on whether Asher, 24, will appeal his PED suspension.

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