Jon Singleton hasn’t had much success in the upper parts of the Houston Astros system since signing he signed a five-year, $10 million dollar contract when he was 22-years old, just before he made his major league debut in 2014.
But this is a new low, he was removed from the 40-man roster this offseason and now will be assigned to Double-A Corpus Christi to start the 2017 season.
Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said the move was about getting at-bats for the Astros former top prospect.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow on the team's decision to assign Jon Singleton to Double A opposed to Triple A pic.twitter.com/ckHBGDs1jL— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) April 3, 2017
But the moves speaks to the plain fact that A.J. Reed, Tyler White and Preston Tucker (at DH) have firmly passed Singleton on the depth chart.
But how did Singleton get here?
- 2012 - Singleton was the Astros No.1 prospect for TCB and Minor League Ball. He batted .284 (131x461) with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs in Double-A Corpus Christi.
- 2013 - Singleton dropped to the No. 4 prospect on the TCB list. He batted .230 (70x304) with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs in 90 games between Triple-A OKC, Double-A, and Single-A Quad Cities. Singleton was suspended for 50 games in for violation of minor league baseball’s drug policy.
- 2014 - Singleton signs the five-year deal. Makes his major league debut with the Astros in June. He was given regular playing time from June to September. In 95 games, he batted .168 (52x310) with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs.
- 2015 - Singleton got playing time during June and July but was sent back to down before a September. He batted .191 (9x47) with a home run and six RBIs in 19 games. Singleton batted .254 (96x378) with 22 home runs and 83 RBIs.
- Singleton spent all 2016 in Fresno, batting .202 (83x410) with 20 home runs and 66 RBIs. Tyler White made the opening day roster ahead of Singleton, and A.J. Reed was a September call-up. Singleton cleared waivers in November.