Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton will go on a tour of the minor leagues when his 50-game suspension ends.
The first baseman will be at Quad Cities on Tuesday. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said on Friday that from there Singleton will play at Corpus Christi and eventually move up to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
“I would have preferred him being at Oklahoma City this entire time,” said Luhnow.
Singleton was suspended for the first 50 games of the season for violating baseball’s drug policy. But Singleton has been doing baseball activities in Florida.
“He’s been taking at-bats, he’s been working out,” said Luhnow. “He’s been doing his conditioning. He’s been having success at Florida and I think he learned from the experience and everybody makes mistakes.
“He’s past it now, building on it. Ultimately I think it’s going to make him that much hungrier to hurry up and get to big leagues which is what we want.”
Last season at age 20, Singleton hit .284 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs at Double-A Corpus Christi. He hasn’t played on the Triple-A level.
Depending on how well Singleton plays this season, he could be a September call up for the Astros.