Jon Singleton had a down year at Triple-A Fresno, hitting .202, albeit with 20 home runs. He did walk 88 times for a more respectable .337 on base percentage, but he's not going to get the call hitting at the Mendoza Line in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Once a top prospect, Singleton struggled mightily in his major league debut with the Astros in 2014, hitting .168 with a 37 percent strikeout rate over 362 at-bats. He did even worse in 2015, and continued his woes at the plate into 2016, casting doubt on whether or not he'll ever make the cut as a major league hitter. The Astros are crowded at first base and designated hitter with A.J. Reed, Tyler White, Yulieski Gurriel and now Brian McCann in the mix for at-bats, making it difficult to imagine Singleton back in the majors even if he does rebound at the plate in 2017. Don't consider Singleton anything but a long shot in the deepest of dynasty formats.
Singleton has been reassigned to minor league camp, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports. Singleton was 4-for-21 at the plate during Grapefruit League play, scoring three runs and driving in two during what will end up being a short spring. The next step for the 25-year-old, who was removed from the team's 40-man roster in April, remains to be seen. Singleton should still get some run at Triple-A Fresno, but after hitting just .202 and striking out at a 24.8 percent clip last year, he'll need to quickly turn things around in order to even keep his job there.
Singleton, who was removed from the Astros' 40-man roster during the offseason, may find playing time at Triple-A Fresno difficult to come by, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Singleton dropped off the map last season, hitting just .202 at Fresno and never reaching the majors. A former top prospect, the 25-year-old first baseman will be challenged by younger prospects A.J. Reed and Tyler White.
Singleton cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. As expected, the former top prospect will remain an Astro farmhand after no teams were interested in picking up his bat that hasn't produced a major league batting average above .200. Singleton's power is intriguing, but he'll be nothing more than an organizational depth piece until he can make more contact.
Singleton was placed on outright waivers by the Astros on Saturday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports. Kaplan predicts that Singleton will clear waivers and be sent to Triple-A Fresno, an understandable thought given that Singleton is still owed $4.5 million. In 420 career plate appearances, the former top prospect has hit an anemic .171/.290/.331 with151 strikeouts, which simply does not belong in a major league lineup. Blocked at first base and designated hitter by a combination of Yulieski Gurriel, Brian McCann, AJ Reed, and Tyler White, it's unlikely Singleton sees significant time in the majors any time in the near future.
Singleton went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI during Thursday's loss to Triple-A Salt Lake. Singleton, who had been hitting .143 prior to Thursday's game, raised his batting average 86 points with the four-hit performance. He's hitting .225 with three home runs and seven RBI through 11 games with Triple-A Fresno. The 24-year-old first baseman does not appear to be a threat to overtake Tyler White in Houston anytime soon, especially now that A.J. Reed has leapfrogged him on the organizational depth chart.