Singleton to start season with Quad Cities

Singleton to start season with Quad Cities
May 27, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Jonathan Singleton, the Astros’ top prospect, will be playing for Class-A Quad Cities on Tuesday, as his 50-day suspension for violating baseball’s drug policy ends.

The 21-year-old Singleton is ranked by as the No. 1 first base prospect and 27th overall prospect in baseball. This season Singleton has been doing baseball activities in extended spring training in Florida.

“He’s been in Florida, he’ll be in Quad Cities for a short stint and then to Corpus Christi for a short stint, and then hopefully, settle in at Oklahoma City,” said Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.

The left-handed hitting Singleton was suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season.

“It’s going to make him that much hungrier to hurry up and get to the big leagues,” said Luhnow.

Luhnow said how quickly Singleton appears in an Astros uniform will be based on how well he plays at Oklahoma City, the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate.

“He’s never played at Triple-A,” said Luhnow. “It’s up to him as to how quickly he gets here.”

The Astros have been eyeing Singleton’s development since he was acquired from the Phillies organization in the trade for Hunter Pence on July 29, 2011. The Astros also acquired RHP Jarred Cosart and RHP Josh Zeid.

Ever since starting his professional career, Singleton has been a highly-rated prospect.
Last season at age 20, Singleton hit .284 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs at Double-A Corpus Christi.

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