Shugart one of three minor leaguers suspended

Published 10:20 am Monday, April 1, 2019

NEW YORK (Associated Press)— Boston Red Sox minor leaguer and former Bridge City High School and University of Texas standout Chase Shugart was recently suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball after a second positive drug test.

Seattle outfielder Eric Filia has been suspended for 100 games following a third positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball’s minor league drug program.

Filia served a 50-game suspension at the start of last season after his second positive test for a drug of abuse. The 26-year-old returned to hit .274 with two homers and 38 RBIs in 79 games for Double-A Arkansas.

Kansas City pitcher Jon Perrin and Boston pitcher Chase Shugart were suspended for 50 games each Friday following second positive tests for a drug of abuse.

Perrin, a 25-year-old right-hander, was 3-4 with a 3.67 ERA in six starts and 27 relief appearances at Double-A and Triple-A.

Shugart, a 22-year-old right-hander, was 0-1 with a 1.13 ERA in four starts last season in the Gulf Coast and New York-Penn Leagues.

Twelve players have been suspended this year under the minor league program, plus Boston pitcher Steven Wright, Kansas City pitcher Eric Skoglund and Houston pitcher Francis Martes under the major league program.

Shugart, a starting right-handed pitcher, was drafted by the Red Sox in the twelfth round of the 2018 Draft. Before playing in the minor leagues for the Red Sox, he played at the University of Texas at Austin. Shugart has a fastball coming in between 93-95 mph, plus a slider, curveball, and a changeup.