Per numerous sources and texts from my friends, the next big development in the Houston Astros rebuilding process is going to be in a Major League Baseball uniform the next time the team takes the field. Confirmation from one of the best sources when it comes to all things Astros.
That’s right folks, 47 days after “Phase One” was completed with the call-up of outfielder George Springer, “Phase Two” has come to fruition and the Astros are calling up top prospect Jon Singleton.
Jonathan Singleton (photo by Cheryl Thurston)
Despite dropping the previous two games, the young, exciting Astros are still buzzing from their seven game winning streak from May 24-30. Singleton represents the next piece in an expansive but star studded puzzle in the team’s rebuilding. Without a doubt, Jon Singleton is one of those stars.
Acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence in the 2011 trade deadline blockbuster, Singleton was always the prized player in that deal. That speaks volumes given the ongoing development of starting pitcher Jarred Cosart and very, very promising minor league outfielder Domingo Santana, both also obtained in the trade along with relief pitcher Josh Zeid.
After a tumultuous beginning to 2013 (the year some thought he would break through to Houston) where he was suspended 50 games to begin the season after testing positive for marijuana, he detoured to AA Corpus Christi to sign me an autograph, smack a few homers and show he was ready to advance to AAA to continue on his road to the bigs.
His 2014 Minor League stats for AAA Oklahoma City will finish as such:
.267/.397/.544, a .941 OPS, 14 HR, 43 RBI, 42 BB in 54 Games Played
ALSO: Singleton and the Astros agreed to a 5-year/$10 million dollar contract. Which is very, very, very awesome. Count on this being a bargain.
In other words, first base is waiting for you, Jon! And so are the fans!