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.
Jon Singleton was optioned to minor league camp Monday.
Singleton struggled mightily this spring, hitting just .151 with 17 strikeouts and only three walks over 56 Grapefruit League plate appearances. He'll open 2016 with Triple-A Fresno, where he hit .254/.359/.505 with 22 home runs and 83 RBI over 102 games last year. Singleton's demotion means Tyler White has likely won the Houston Astros ' first base competition.
Jon Singleton is running out of time to earn the Houston Astros ' starting first base job, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chroncile reports.
Singleton is just 6-for-40 (.150) this spring with 15 strikeouts and only three walks. Tyler White (.344) and A.J. Reed (.258) have out-performed the 24-year-old, but Singleton may still win the job anyway due to his $10 million guaranteed contract. With a little over two weeks remaining in spring training, this position battle figure to come down to the wire.
Jon Singleton went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a solo home run Wednesday during the Houston Astros ' 7-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers.
"It's nice to see him have a good day," manager A.J. Hinch said of Singleton, who raised his spring batting average from .104 to .152 with the performance. "He's worked pretty hard, and he hasn't had a day like this yet. Obviously he has it in him. To see him have a day like today is a nice fresh start for him for the rest of camp." The 24-year-old arrived in camp as the favorite to win the Astros' starting first base job, but he'll have to beat out A.J. Reed, Tyler White and Matt Duffy for the role.
Jon Singleton went 1-for-4 with a stolen base as the DH during Monday's 1-1 Grapefruit League tie against Washington.
The 24-year-old did not strike out during the game, but he's fanned 11 times over 27 Grapefruit League at-bats with only one walk to his credit. Singleton's inability to make consistent contact will hurt his chances of winning the Houston Astros ' starting first base job, as his main competition -- A.J. Reed (.318), Tyler White (.370) and Matt Duffy (three home runs) -- are off to blistering starts this spring.
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