Something about the first base position just leaves a sour taste in all of Houston Astros nation’s mouths. From Brett Wallace to Chris Carter to Jesus Guzman and now to Jon Singleton, something just always seems to go wrong.
Singleton is the top first base prospect in the entire Major Leagues, but that is likely to change. After missing playing time with a drug suspension, it was on Singleton’s shoulders to take the position out of Spring Training and make himself a part of the Astros future. He couldn’t have fell any more short.
After batting .154 in Spring Training and leaving the Astros no choice but to send him back to the minors, Singleton is yet again striking out in more ways than one. Singleton has 12 strikeouts in 27 at-bats, numbers that are very similar to Carter’s, and we all know that the Astros do not need another Chris Carter.
Singleton does have two home runs and eight RBIs in that span, but the last thing the Astros need right now is more strikeouts and, at the moment, that’s the main resource that Singleton is providing.
The Astros are literally all-in on their prized first-base possession. After him, there are very few option now or down the road. Eventually something has to give, either Singleton has to sort himself out or the Astros have to pursue alternate paths. Not every player ends up how they’re expected; if they did, this game would be too easy, but for the Astros sake, Singleton better.