Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 5 months ago

Singleton was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.

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Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 7 months ago

Singleton will bat sixth as the designated hitter Monday against the Royals.

Singleton struggled mightily in his first start of the season, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, but was hitting extremely well in the minors, hitting for a .280/.387/.553 slash line with 17 home runs and 66 RBI for Triple-A Fresno. He replaces Evan Gattis in the lineup at designated hitter.

Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 7 months ago

Singleton got the start at DH on Saturday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

That's not exactly the impression Singleton wanted to make after being called up. He had massive trouble making contact in the majors last season as well, and while both Chris Carter and Evan Gattis are vulnerable to losing playing time, Singleton isn't going to carve out a regular role until he starts hitting.

Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 7 months ago

Singleton is in the lineup Saturday against New York, batting seventh as the DH.

Singleton was recalled Friday and will get his first major league at-bats of the season Saturday. He's yet another bat with pop in Houston's lineup, as evidenced by his 17 home runs at Triple-A Fresno this season. He'll face righty Masahiro Tanaka on Saturday for the first time in his career.

Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 7 months ago

Singleton was recalled from Triple-A Fresno on Friday.

Singleton owns a .280/.387/.553 slash line for Fresno, but he already proved last season that he can handle Triple-A pitching. He'll now get a second chance in the majors, after struggling to a .168/.285/.335 slash line over 362 plate appearances with the Astros last season. It's not clear how much playing time Singleton will get, as the Astros already have Chris Carter at first base and Evan Gattis as the regular DH.

Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 9 months ago

Singleton was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week after hitting .357 (10-for-28) with five home runs, 23 RBI and two stolen bases.

Backed by a Fresno-record 10 RBI performance on Wednesday and three grand slams in a five-game span, Singleton had what might have been the most impressive week by a Triple-A slugger this season. Through 37 games, he's hitting .263/.382/.606 with 12 home runs and he leads all Minor Leaguers with 40 RBI.

Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 9 months ago

Singleton went 4-for-6 with two home runs and 10 RBI in a game with Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday.

The numbers clearly speak for themselves, and the 10 RBI gives Singleton the Pacific Coast League lead in runs batted in for the time being. Singleton also has 11 home runs and seven doubles on the season, to go along with 22 walks in 31 games. The Astros may decide to bring him up at some point this season, but they appear content to give Chris Carter and Evan Gattis regular at-bats for the time being.

Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 10 months ago

Singleton is 10-for-37 (.270) with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI through 10 games for Triple-A Fresno.

Singleton has nine strikeouts (20.5 percent strikeout rate) but he's also drawn seven walks for a 15.9 percent walk rate. He's likely to earn a promotion to Houston at some point this season, especially if Chris Carter (.075/.159/.075) continues to struggle offensively for the Astros.

Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 10 months ago

Singleton was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Singleton's spring average was over .300 at one point, but he struggled mightily over recent Grapefruit League play, going 1-for-21 with nine strikeouts before his eventual demotion. The 23-year-old even admitted the move was necessary after hitting .200/.273/.320 with six doubles, four RBI and 18:5 K:BB over 50 Grapefruit League at-bats. Chris Carter figures to step in as the Astros' primary first baseman to open 2015.

Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 10 months ago

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said it's "still to be determined" whether Singleton makes the Opening Day roster out of spring training, Brian McTaggart of reports.

Singleton got close to 10 at-bats on the minor league fields on Thursday, as he is working on specific things with his swing. The 23-year-old leads Houston with six doubles this spring, but he's hitting .244 with 14 strikeouts in 41-at bats. If Singleton doesn't break camp with the team, Chris Carter would step in as the regular first baseman with Evan Gattis and Matt Dominguez as secondary options for the position.