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Astros GM says top prospect Jon Singleton is “on deck” for a call-up

May 15, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Jon Singleton is thriving at Triple-A and the Astros are getting horrendous production at first base, so it sounds like Houston may soon be ready to call up the 22-year-old top prospect.

Singleton, who was acquired from the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade and ranked as a consensus top-100 prospect in each of the past four seasons, is hitting .293 with 12 homers and a 1.030 OPS in 38 games at Triple-A and he’s made good strides with his strikeout-to-walk ratio as well.

So when might he arrive in Houston? Here’s what general manager Jeff Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com:

Singleton’s progressing. We see him as a guy who’s close to being able to contribute at the major league level. We’re excited. We’ve all seen the reaction the fans had at bringing up prospects like [George] Springer and last year with [Jarred] Cosart and we have more coming. I would say Singleton is on deck.

As usual service time considerations could play a part in Singleton’s call-up and late June would clear the various hurdles in terms of avoiding Super Two arbitration status down the road, but it might be tough to wait that long if he keeps posting a 1.000 OPS and the Astros’ first basemen keep hitting below .200.

  1. xmatt0926x - May 15, 2014 at 11:12 AM

    Ruben Amaro should be beaten with a bag of oranges for days on end. He traded 3 top prospects for Pence and received nothing in return when he dealt him just a season later. Ed Wade still has to be chuckling about this.

    • felser - May 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Tommy Joseph may yet make it, but not good return for sure.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Disclaimer – NOTHING I am about to say should be construed as an endorsement of Amaro, who should be fired. That said…..

      You can’t cherry pick one trade and a trend make. Everyone loves Pat Gillick – that would be the Pat Gillick who traded Gavin Floyd AND Gio Gonzalez (how soon we all forget that one!) for Freddy Garcia…..who earned 1 win in a Phillies uniform!

      This is list is dated a little, but as of last summer, this is everyone Amaro traded

      Mike Zagurski
      Jason Knapp
      Carlos Carrasco
      Jason Donald
      Lou Marson
      Jonathan Villar
      Anthony Gose
      J.A. Happ
      Jarred Cosart
      Jonathan Singleton
      Josh Zeid
      Sergio Escalona
      Domingo Santana
      Trevor May
      Vance Worley
      Rich Thompson
      Lisalverto Bonilla
      Greg Golson
      Travis d’Arnaud
      Kyle Drabek
      Michael Taylor
      Michael Schwimmer

      Lots of busts – and in one case (Lou Marson), they even got the guy back after he was released

      Balanced against the guys they got in return (Lee, Halladay, Oswalt, Blanton, Pence, etc.), it’s not as though they received nothing in return.

      Amaro’s problem is not who he traded. The problem is who they did NOT draft, i.e anyone good

  2. hojo20 - May 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Big Singleton fan here. I hope he pans out as good as Bagwell, without using steroids.

    • stex52 - May 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Proof? Who needs stinkin’ proof. Just make baseless accusations. More your style.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Hojo: Bagwell was proven to have used steroids?
      How did I miss this?

    • paperlions - May 15, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      Funny. People want proof that individual used steroids. Apparently, proof that using steroids lead to greater offensive production isn’t required.

    • jeffa43 - May 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      I argued baseless accusations for a long time… Those who followed Bagwell as a person, and a player know his contributions were legit, and his passion for the integrity of baseball was at the highest..

      Glad to see the majority are now believing this…

      Sad there are still clueless leaches that will not let go of a subject they know nothing about.

      If Singleton were to become a HOFer… Chances are he will not be as strong of a Hall of Famer. Bagwell was once in a lifetime person/player.

  3. thekingdave - May 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    That’d be an odd scene if a Wade is still with the Phillies. But I agree. I was ripped here about a year ago for even considering Domingo Santana a prospect. I was also ripped at the time of the trade for suggesting the Phils would be better off trading Dominic Brown straight up or Pence if they had to have him. The Michael Bourn trade on the other hand was a did then and still stinks today.

    • stex52 - May 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      A lot of the problem for the Phils was not what they gave up to the Astros. It is that they got nothing back for him from the Giants when he still had value. But you are pretty much right about the Bourn trade. Wade was out of his element; he wasn’t dealing with the Phillies. He obviously still knew their farm system.

      • chew1985 - May 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        The Michael Bourn trade got the Phillies their ONLY WS trophy from their would-be dynasty period recently ended. Without Brad Lidge 2008 would not have happened like it did for the Phillies. He was PERFECT.

        Any general manager would make that trade again a hundred times over.

      • thekingdave - May 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        He’s referring to the Astros 2011 trade of Bourn to the Braves

  4. stex52 - May 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    BTW, the sooner the better for Singleton. 1st base is a black hole right now.

    • jeffa43 - May 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      1b = pit of despair …

      Although I feel Krause could be a strong backup …

      Singleton …. Now Please..

  5. blabidibla - May 15, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Since the Astros are in no way going to contend this year, how does it help the team to call him up before the Super Two deadline?

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