Houston Astros Have No Reason Not to Call Up Jon Singleton

By Josh Sippie
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David Manning – USA TODAY Sports

It would appear as though Jon Singleton has finally hit his stride, as the gruesome and worrisome streak he started the season with is over. Now, the only question is why he hasn’t reached the Major League squad yet.

GM Jeff Luhnow says that he needs to establish a sort of consistency at Triple-A like George Springer did before being called up. This is an understandable necessity, but given the current status of the Houston Astros, especially at first base, it would not be unreasonable to make an exception.

Singleton is destroying Triple-A hitting even better than Springer was. He’s currently boasting a .358 average with five HRs and 18 RBIs. Not to mention his strikeouts dropping from one every two at bats like earlier this year to an improved one per every three at bats. Plus he’s drawing walks now.

Astros’ first baseman are currently hitting a combined .204 with two HRs and three RBIs. First base is supposed to be a power position with significant run production. Not only that, but Astros first baseman are second in strikeouts with 22 in just 54 at-bats, largely thanks to the contributions of Chris Carter.

Singleton is riding one of the hottest hitting streaks in all of Triple-A, and if the Astros are seriously worried about their lack of offensive prowess, then it hurts no one to give Singleton a shot. He cannot possibly do any worse than the current first base platoon. Maybe he keeps the hitting streak going and never has to go back down to the minors ever again. We’ll never know until he’s given the opportunity.

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