McTaggart on Singleton: 'He's lost time'
First baseman Jonathan Singleton, the number two prospect in the Astros farm system according to Baseball America, has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.
Singleton hit .284 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs for Corpus Christi, the Astros Double A affiliate, in 2012. He wasn’t expected to earn a spot on the Astros opening day roster, but there were hopes that he would make his Major League debut some time in 2013.
Singleton issued a statement through his agents, Adam Karon and Matt Sosnick.
“I have been informed that I have tested positive for marijuana,” Singleton said in his statement. “As a result, I am being suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season.”
Singleton, originally an eighth round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 was long sought after by the Astros, who tried to get him when it traded Roy Oswalt in 2010. The Phillies refused to include him in that deal but a year later the Phillies parted with him and Jarred Cosart when the team dealt Hunter Pence to Philadelphia.
UPDATE - Houston General Manager Jeff Luhnow issued the following statement late Wednesday afternoon:
We learned today that Jonathan Singleton has tested positive for a drug of abuse and has been suspended 50 games as a result. We are disappointed in the decisions that Jonathan made leading up to this positive test. Jonathan has expressed regret for his decision and we expect will take the necessary steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again. He has owned up to his actions and that is a necessary first step. The Astros will support Jonathan through this difficult time and we hope this example will prevent other athletes from making similar decisions.