The Houston Astros made some more minor changes on Wednesday, adding highly-touted, top first base prospect Jonathan Singleton to the 40-man roster. Along with the move, the Astros outrighted Cody Clark, Brandon Laird and finally Philip Humber.
Few can forget that Singleton missed the first 50-games of the season after a second failed drug test. He was one of the more likely prospects that was projected to make the Astros at some point this season, and given the struggles at first base, it would not have been difficult.
Singleton sputtered to a dull start once he returned from the suspension. He ended up hitting .230 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 90 minor league appearances. He spent the last 73 games at Triple-A, where he managed to scrounge together a .250 average.
First base could not be more wide open for the Astros going into spring training barring any position moves (Jason Castro) or offseason signings (perhaps along the lines of James Loney). So how Singleton comes out in the spring will be a huge testament to his work ethic and dedication to making the pro ball club.
The Astros want him to be their everyday first baseman, otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered adding him to the 40-man. Singleton should definitely take this as a vote of confidence and hopefully he’ll run with it and not look back until he’s hitting .280 in the majors.
Conspicuously, George Springer was still left off the 40-man, which now stands at 38 players — but there’s still plenty of time.