With the conclusion of the Arizona Fall League season, the Winter Leagues of the Caribbean became the primary baseball stage for prospects hoping to get a little extra work in before Spring Training kicks off. For the Houston Astros, it was a little much-needed extra work for top first base prospect Jonathan Singleton.
All projections have mistimed Singleton’s MLB debut as he should have been in the pros already, but the slight delay isn’t stopping the slugging lefty.
Singleton leads all of the Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente with nine home runs, a safe four home runs from the second place Anthony Garcia. It’s power that has always been Singleton’s calling card, and averaging a home run every 13 at-bats should be a welcome sign for Astros fans everywhere, who are painfully aware of their team’s lack of power and lack of a definite first baseman.
Singleton could solve so many of the Astros’ problems if he comes into Spring Training and proves that he’s here to stay, but there’s always a catch. Singleton also struck out 37 times, or about once every three at bats. If there is one thing that the Astros do not need any more of, it’s strikeouts. With the coming of George Springer and his penchant for whiffing, it’s already at a breaking point.
But that being said, these guys are young and with enough time, hopefully they can cut down on the holes in their swings. So for now, let’s focus on the positives, and that is Singleton is finally starting to display some of the power numbers that fans have been waiting for.