The Houston Astros and their fans have long awaited the return of Jonathan Singleton, their no. 1 prospect. Singleton was suspended for 50 games during the offseason, but the Astros gave him a few chances to impress the fans during Spring Training, and he took full advantage. He played the last few games and showed a tremendously quick bat and some nice power. When Spring Training was over, fans of the Astros immediately began counting down the days until Singleton would make his triumphant return.
Yesterday was “Jon Singleton Day,” in other words, yesterday was the day Singleton returned to the field of play. Singleton was in extended Spring Training during his suspension, and while he was down there, he worked on his strength and defensive skills. Yesterday, he was in Low A Quad Cities lineup as the designated hitter and gave the fans a little present in his very first at bat of the 2013 season; he drilled a home run on a 2-2 count. Singleton finished the day with two hits in two at-bats. He also drew a walk and had two RBIs.
Singleton will be spending a few games in Low A Quad Cities before moving onto Double A Corpus Christi. There is no telling how long Singleton will stay at Corpus Christi, but the plan is for him to continue moving through the system and make his debut at Triple A Oklahoma City after a few games at Double A.
If it weren’t for the 50-game suspension, I am sure Singleton would possibly be on the Astros’ roster. He certainly showed that he could hang in Spring Training. However, even with the suspension, I believe that Singleton is not far away from being a member of the 2013 Astros. If everything goes well, Singleton may be a late-season call up for the Astros.