Former Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State pitcher of the year Ian Kahaloa of Campbell has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a “drug of abuse.”
The Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 MLB draft out of high school, tested positive for the second time, according to an MLB announcement today.
Kahaloa is listed by Baseball America as the Reds’ No. 26 prospect. He made 10 starts last season with the Billings Mustangs in Rookie ball. He was 2-2 with a 2.82 ERA and struck out 42 in 44 2/3 innings with 13 walks.
According to the MLB Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, a third positive test for a “drug of abuse” would result in a 100-game suspension, and a fourth violation would mean permanent suspension from major and minor league baseball.