"To be honest, I believe the only competition I have is myself," Singleton said. "I feel like I'm the only person who can prevent myself from reaching the potential I need to reach or getting out of the game what I need to get out, but if I prepare and I work and I leave it all out there, there's nothing really else to worry about."
Manager A.J. Hinch thinks Singleton is a threat to hit 30 home runs this year.
"He's done what he needs to do this offseason to come in and improve off of, not only a tremendous Minor League career, but his start to the Major League career last year, which was mixed," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "My money's on Jon Singleton to do the things he needs to do to make this club."
It seems, however, Singleton has formulated a plan to make sure his output improves in 2015.
"Just try to take things slow, just day by day, moment by moment, really," Singleton said, per the Houston Chronicle. "I know things I need to work on. Everything's a work in progress, as long as I can take things slow and moment by moment and work on progressing and not the entire picture. I have an effective plan when I go up to the plate. I just have to slow my thoughts down and prepare myself better before I attack."
Although, Singleton still needs to prove this spring he deserves a starting job at the major-league level. He could be sent back to the minors, if he is unable to make an impact this spring.
"Maybe," manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if Singleton needs to receive everyday at-bats. "It's yet to be determined. You want him to play; he's a young player. It probably depends exactly how that breaks down before we determine what's more valuable to Jon Singleton being a great major-league player.
"There's always that debate at the end of the camp if guys are on the bubble. But he's not on the bubble yet. He's right at the beginning of a camp. (First base is) where he's going to be playing for a new coaching staff, a new manager and just being himself -- and taking a deep breath in between at-bats."
"Tremendous ability, tremendous power," hitting coach Dave Hudgens said. "He really looks focused, watching him go through just his last couple days I've been with him. His (batting practices) have been really good. He's come in the cage; he's working hard. I really like what I see."
Singleton is looking to work his way into playing time this spring, as the Astros could potentially look to Evan Gattis and Chris Carter to fill regular roles at first base and designated hitter. However, if Singleton proves himself ready, either Gattis or Carter could be shifted to left field. Manager A.J. Hinch said it has yet to be determined whether Singleton will require everyday at-bats.
"You want him to play," Hinch said. "He's a young player. It probably depends exactly how that breaks down before we determine what's more valuable to Jon Singleton being a great major league player. There's always that debate at the end of the camp if guys are on the bubble. But he's not on the bubble yet. He's right at the beginning of a camp. (First base is) where he's going to be playing for a new coaching staff, a new manager and just being himself -- and taking a deep breath in between at-bats."
Singleton hit just .168/.285/.335 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 310 at-bats last season, his first in the majors.
With the signing of Colby Rasmus, the
In fact, Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow expects Gattis to occasionally play in left field, but to primarily play at first base and DH. Although, that doesn't bode well for playing time for
“We don’t know what Gattis is going to look like in left field,” Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. “If he’s good out there or adequate, I’m sure he’ll get some at-bats out there. Is he going to be our everyday left fielder? I can’t imagine that happening with the guys that we have, but we want to have that bat in the lineup.
“Guys that have options are going to have to prove to us that they belong in the big leagues. I don’t think it’s just Singleton. Like I said, we’ve got multiple options at every position on the diamond now. So, you know, players may not be playing their preferred position -- that puzzle will come together in spring training. We’re only guessing to try to figure it out right now.”
Singleton is mired in a slump, and hasn't picked up a hit since September 9. Singleton said the season has been "very hard, very difficult." He added, "when you fail it’s really hard to be positive, but you have to continue to motivate yourself and get up and go do it." Singleton is hitting .168/.287/.336 over 304 at-bats.
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