It has to be only a matter of time. The Houston Astros have shown a much higher tendency to move players up and down levels or cut them entirely this year. The two weak links on their current roster are offseason signing Jesus Guzman and strikeout kingpin Chris Carter. Marc Krauss could also fit into that group, but he has shown positive upside, so he may not be so near being moved. But then again, he still has options, so his name may come first.
Regardless of when, the likely candidates for replacement are Jon Singleton and Domingo Santana, both of whom are on the 40-man roster, and both of whom are tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A.
Singleton is in the midst of a cold streak, but still has a .278 average with 12 home runs and 37 RBIs. He strikes out less than Carter, which isn’t really saying much, but it’s still an important point. Rumors pinpointed his promotion to early June so as to work with the “Super-Two” status. If that’s the case, he could be only a few weeks away.
Santana is doing just as impressive as Singleton. He’s hitting a solid .290 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs. His raw power potential is not far behind Carter. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, he’s an impressive physical specimen. He’s only 21 years old, so he’s got time regardless. But he couldn’t do any worse than Guzman, Krauss or even the struggling L.J. Hoes are doing.
Robbie Grossman cannot be far from rejoining the team as well. He has already been in contract extension talks and his Triple-A numbers are impressive. He’s posted a .305 average with three home runs and nine RBIs in his short stay since being demoted.
Carter and Guzman are deadweight and Krauss isn’t far behind. Movement is key for the Astros, and these guys need the chance to succeed in the Majors.