Singleton ranked as top 1B prospect

Singleton ranked as top 1B prospect
January 27, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Jonathan Singleton's 2013 will have to wait to get started.

Singleton was suspended on Jan. 9 for 50 games for his second violation of the minor league's drug policy for marijuana. But when he is allowed to play, it looks like there might be a good chance he'll be with the big club before long.

According to MLB.com, Singleton is the top first baseman prospect in baseball.

"Potentially blocked by Ryan Howard, the Phillies tried Singleton in the outfield, but when they dealt him to Houston in the '11 Hunter Pence deal, Singleton moved back to first, a better spot for him defensively," writes Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com. "He has the ability to hit for average and get on-base, and the power has started to come."

Singleton might be brought up in 2013, but general manager Jeff Luhnow said he won't rush him or any other Astros' prospect.

Originally drafted in the eighth round by the Phillies in 2009, Singleton came to the Astros in July 2011 with Jarred Cosart and two other minor leaguers for Hunter Pence.

As a 20-year-old, Singleton hit .284 with 21 homers and 79 RBIs in 131 games with Double-A with Corpus Christi.

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