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VIDEO: Jon Singleton homers in major league debut

Jun 4, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

Astros first base prospect Jon Singleton was promoted to the majors on Tuesday after agreeing to a five-year contract worth just $10 million guaranteed and homered in his fourth major league at-bat:

Singleton had a .941 OPS with 14 home runs and 43 RBI in 54 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City before his promotion to Houston. The 22-year-old could be a monster — a monster without much earning power.

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  1. fm31970 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Astros and Marlins on the way up. Love to see it.

    • renaado - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      The ‘Stros are currently 11.5 games behind the 1st place A’s and 6 games back behind the Halos, but the way they’re performin in this 10 game span is unbelievable, they’ve been 8-2 compared to the Angels 3-7 record. If they keep this up, there’s no doubt they’ll reclaim that 2nd place in that AL West standings.

  2. nottinghamforest13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Good. It’s about time someone stands up to Bo Porter and his throwback, 1960s views on the world. The guy seems totally out of touch with reality.

  3. bobulated - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    We should all be so unlucky as to tragically have our earning power limited to 10 million guaranteed.

  4. smoothaswilkes - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    Everyone needs to lay off this kid and his 5 year, $10 million deal. That is life changing money and he’s only 22 YEARS OLD!

    Guess what, somebody just signed a ridiculous contract at age 27, which is what Singleton will be at the end of this “bad” contract.

    Robinson Cano – 27 years old, 10 years, $240 million

    Singleton just got called up. Let’s not bust his balls for taking the money, coming up early, which I think is one of the reasons it played out this way, while he has, ostensibly, another 15 years of prime high money contracts ahead of him. Is it a bit of a risk? Sure, but if he can avoid injury and play to his potential, he’s in like for a nine figure contract. This is all monopoly money anyway.

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      He kid already has 2 strikes with weed (sigh, really?) and a 50 game suspension under his belt.
      Of course he took the for sure pay day, I think he did the smart safe thing.

      • jeffa43 - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        Failing a test is not a strike, this is not the law….this is mlb. He will never get tested again.
        1. They don’t test for weed after you make the 40 man roster.
        2. Mlb will soon follow the nfl in understanding peanuts and sugar are a lot worse for you, and has a chance to kill you, unlike weed.
        3. The kid can swing it, and has support.
        4. Would you turn down 10mil/35mil if you produce…. Ya thought so.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        Reading is hard

  5. notsofast10 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    And the winner is……………………………………….the Houston Astros.

  6. tbird05 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Dudes been there for 10 minutes and he already has secret handshakes with like 4 different players…not to mention that he also has a pretty serious bat flip. Exciting player.

  7. jolink653 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Uhh yeah, Cano was actually 31 when he signed his deal. Close though

  8. scorpiox1960 - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Souldn’t the players union be up in arms about this?

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