Fresno Grizzlies See the Debut of Correa, Singleton Staying Hot
Tuesday was an exciting day to be in Albuquerque as the Isotopes (Rockies) took on the Fresno Grizzlies. The big news of the day was the arrival of Carlos Correa with the Houston Astros Triple-A team after his promotion on Monday. Correa batted second, behind Nolan Fontana and ahead of Alex Presley, going 1-for-5 with a strikeout.
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The starting pitcher in opposition of Correa and the Grizzlies was rehabbing Rockies’ starter David Hale, acquired in an off-season trade with the Atlanta Braves. Hale was initially in the minors due to an oblique strain, but his 0-2 record along with a 7.29 ERA isn’t making a strong case for the 27 year old righty to join the Rockies rotation any time soon.
According to Josh Jackson of MiLB.com, Correa saw six pitches before striking out in the first, grounded out on the third pitch of his fourth inning at-bat, but “after that he was first-pitch swinging.” Correa reached on a fielding error in the sixth by Isotope shortstop Angelys Nina but was quickly erased on a fielder’s choice. It was in the seventh that Correa notched his first hit with his new team, off Hale, with a single to center.
The other big news from the game was Jon Singleton, who went 1-for-2 with a home run, three rbi, two runs scored and two free passes. The home run gives the Astros’ slugging first baseman a share of second place in PCL rankings with nine home runs, tied with Sacramento’s Adam Duvall. First place belongs to Preston Tucker, who is in Houston right now, while Duvall is also in Houston with visiting San Francisco. Singleton is now batting .252 with a .373 on-base percentage on the season, thanks in large part to his hot streak over his last ten games. In that span, Singleton is 11-for-33 (.333) with 5 homers, 15 rbi, 9 runs, 8 walks and just 7 strikeouts.
Even with the current hot streak, it will be tough for Singleton to break through to the majors in the immediate future. While Chris Carter has been struggling, he is out of options, so the only real play for the Astros to make would be to trade him. To trade Carter the team would likely wait until he started a little streak of his own, but at that point do you really want to trade a hot Chris Carter? The other option to be moved could be Colby Rasmus, who is only signed through this year, with Carter or Evan Gattis (though unlikely) taking left field duties and Singleton being placed at first.
Now the big question surrounding the Grizzlies will be who gets their call to Houston first: Singleton or Correa? Who do you think Astros fans? Comment below or tweet us @astrosCTH!