Infielder Jonathan Singleton, shortstop Carlos Correa and a few other players will get an awesome chance to showcase their talents to Astros manager Bo Porter. The purpose of this opportunity is so Porter can rest some of his big league players. It will also be a great chance for Houston to see exactly what they have in their top players in the organization that are not in Major League camp.
Singleton is the Astros’ top-ranked prospect, and is excited to show what he is capable of on Saturday. He batted .284 with 21 home runs, 79 RBIs, 27 doubles, four triples, and stole seven bases in 461 at-bats in Double-A last season.
The 21-year-old will have to get back in the good graces of Houston’s coaching staff after he failed a drug test for the second time. He will be forced to serve a 50-game suspension, which will go into effect at the start of the regular season.
Porter is very excited to get a glimpse of Correa, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. “I haven’t been able to see much of him,” Porter told Adam Berry of MLB.com. “That’s part of the reason why we’re going to bring him over on Saturday.”
In Correa’s first season in the minors, he batted .258 with three home runs, 12 RBI, 14 doubles, two triples and six stolen bases at the Rookie level. I am sure he is hoping to show the top manager in the organization that he is better than what his batting average suggests.