Jonathan Singleton’s stay at Class-A Quad Cities didn’t last long. On Wednesday Singleton was transferred to Double-A Corpus Christi where he is expected to start at first base tonight.
Singleton began his 2013 season by hitting home runs in his first three games with Quad Cities after serving a 50-day suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy that ended on May 28.
“Jonathan Singleton has done everything that the organization has asked of him,” said Astros manager Bo Porter. “It’s good to see him back playing.
“He’s a top prospect in our organization. We feel he’s going to be able to impact the major league team at some point and we want him to continue to develop and to continue doing the things which he’s doing.”
The plan is to get Singleton to Triple-A Oklahoma City as fast as possible. Depending on how well Singleton will play at Oklahoma City will determine how quickly he makes it to the Astros.
The left-handed hitting Singleton was acquired from Philadelphia in the Hunter Pence trade on July 29, 2011. The Astros also picked up prospects Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid, both right-handed pitchers in the deal.
Porter likes the way Singleton, 21, has matured as a person and player in the wake of the suspension.
“I made it perfectly clear when the whole situation came about,” said Porter. “I said your baseball skill set is one thing. The talent level speaks for itself. I said it’s more about Jonathan the man than it is about Jonathan the baseball player. If we get Jonathan the man right, then we’re going to get the baseball player. To his credit he has got Jonathan the man right. The baseball part will take care of itself.
“He has learned a lot from that. With that situation behind him it’s going to make him hungrier and more eager to perform at a high level.”
If not for the suspension, Singleton would have competed for a spot on the Astros’ 25-man roster in the spring.
Last season at Corpus Christi, Singleton hit .284 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs.
“He’s going to be a run producer,” said Porter. “He’s a guy that can hit the ball out of the ballpark. He’s not just a power hitter, he’s a patient hitter. He’s a legitimate middle of the order bat.”