I wouldn't be too worried about Singleton if I were you. OBP plays at the major league level, and he showed some nice power in Corpus last year. He has also been young for his level every year in the minors so far.
Wallace was a high OBP guy in the minors, too. Underwhelming in the majors. And Castro, great, he hitrs righties a bit. He's completely helpless against lefties. If he can't hit lefties, he ain't a starter. The talent that's been brought up thus far doesn't inspire confidence.
If the A's can get Lowrie to play 120 games and hit .250 with around 25 HR, this trade will be pretty good for both sides. Carter is going to be in the lineup day in and day out. He'll get his ABs. I'm excited for the young talent the 'Stros are getting.
OJ, I wouldn't solely rely on how many top 100 prospects the Astros have to determine how well the farm system is improving. I'm just happy that people are ranking the 'Stros pipeline in the top 10. Back under Drayton the 'Stros bottomed out at 30 I believe. Worst farm system in the majors. And it caught up with us too. Just because the 'Stros don't have 15 guys in the top 100 doesn't mean a lot. Nationals got lucky with picks two years in a row. They got first pick in a draft where ONE player was the undoubted sure-fire first pick (Strasbourg/Harper). Two studs fell in their lap. Last year it wasn't as cut and dry for the Astros. There were several players that were predicted to go no. 1. Astros are making all the right moves now. Stocking up on prospects and trading older talent for more prospects. Once people start sticking in the majors, Astros can start adding talent via Free Agency/ Trades.
Regarding Singelton, I hope you're right. But this is the same organization that traded for Wallace. Wallace hit 20 dingers in the minors at about the same age. Hasn't come close in the majors. All I'm saying is, what if Singelton is another Wallace. And the guy just failed another drug test.
Our pitching is horrible, and the only guy in the pipeline is Cozart