The Houston Astros have informed Jonathan Singleton that he’s being called up to the big leagues, making him a very intriguing player in fantasy baseball. Singleton has 14 home runs to go with a .277 ISO and .544 SLG percentage in 239 AAA plate appearances this season, and he has the potential to provide some serious power for both the Astros and fantasy teams.
The first baseman ranked 78th on Keith Law’s top 100 prospect list this offseason, and this is what Law had to say about Singleton back in January: “The floor here is a platoon regular who destroys right-handers but needs a caddie against southpaws; he has just 600 plate appearances against lefties in his pro career, though, and might just need more reps to become a complete player who is capable of hitting .270-280 with 25-plus homers and a strong OBP.”
Singleton’s biggest question at the plate has always been whether or not he can hit left-handed pitching, and so far in 2014 he’s demonstrated that he’s made tremendous strides against southpaws. In 68 at-bats against lefties this season, Singleton is hitting .309 to go with four home runs, a .919 OPS and a 15:8 strikeout-to-walk ratio. If Singleton can carry that success over to the majors he could very quickly become one of the premier power-hitting lefties in baseball.
The Astros are currently getting a .181/.269/.291 slash line from first base and a .226/.303/.458 line from the designated hitter spot, so Singleton should have no issue quickly becoming a mainstay in one of those two spots. If you have any space on your roster at all, or are in need of a serious jolt of power, Singleton is a guy you need to consider (and he’s a must-add in all leagues that use OBP).
If you missed out on Oscar Taveras this weekend, Jonathan Singleton could end up being a pretty nice consolation prize.