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21 Jon Singleton 1B
Height/Weight: 6-2/225 | Birthdate: 9/18/1991 | Birthplace: Harbor City, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 42/19 | Average Draft Position: 299.71
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Astros' Jon Singleton ready to fight off disappointing 2014 season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton is ready to put the 2014 season in his rear view mirror. Singleton hit a woeful .168 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 310 plate appearances in 2014.

"To be honest, I believe the only competition I have is myself," Singleton said. "I feel like I'm the only person who can prevent myself from reaching the potential I need to reach or getting out of the game what I need to get out, but if I prepare and I work and I leave it all out there, there's nothing really else to worry about."

Manager A.J. Hinch thinks Singleton is a threat to hit 30 home runs this year.

"He's done what he needs to do this offseason to come in and improve off of, not only a tremendous Minor League career, but his start to the Major League career last year, which was mixed," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "My money's on Jon Singleton to do the things he needs to do to make this club."


Astros' Singleton has plan to improve game after rough rookie season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton had a rough MLB debut in 2014. Not only did he struggle offensively, batting .168 with 134 strikeouts in 95 games, he also made 11 errors. 

It seems, however, Singleton has formulated a plan to make sure his output improves in 2015.

"Just try to take things slow, just day by day, moment by moment, really," Singleton said, per the Houston Chronicle. "I know things I need to work on. Everything's a work in progress, as long as I can take things slow and moment by moment and work on progressing and not the entire picture. I have an effective plan when I go up to the plate. I just have to slow my thoughts down and prepare myself better before I attack."

Although, Singleton still needs to prove this spring he deserves a starting job at the major-league level. He could be sent back to the minors, if he is unable to make an impact this spring.

"Maybe," manager A.J. Hinch said when asked if Singleton needs to receive everyday at-bats. "It's yet to be determined. You want him to play; he's a young player. It probably depends exactly how that breaks down before we determine what's more valuable to Jon Singleton being a great major-league player.

"There's always that debate at the end of the camp if guys are on the bubble. But he's not on the bubble yet. He's right at the beginning of a camp. (First base is) where he's going to be playing for a new coaching staff, a new manager and just being himself -- and taking a deep breath in between at-bats."


Astros' Jon Singleton impressing early in camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton has impressed in the batting cages during the early part of camp, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Tremendous ability, tremendous power," hitting coach Dave Hudgens said. "He really looks focused, watching him go through just his last couple days I've been with him. His (batting practices) have been really good. He's come in the cage; he's working hard. I really like what I see."

Singleton is looking to work his way into playing time this spring, as the Astros could potentially look to Evan Gattis and Chris Carter to fill regular roles at first base and designated hitter. However, if Singleton proves himself ready, either Gattis or Carter could be shifted to left field. Manager A.J. Hinch said it has yet to be determined whether Singleton will require everyday at-bats.

"You want him to play," Hinch said. "He's a young player. It probably depends exactly how that breaks down before we determine what's more valuable to Jon Singleton being a great major league player. There's always that debate at the end of the camp if guys are on the bubble. But he's not on the bubble yet. He's right at the beginning of a camp. (First base is) where he's going to be playing for a new coaching staff, a new manager and just being himself -- and taking a deep breath in between at-bats."

Singleton hit just .168/.285/.335 with 13 home runs and 44 RBI in 310 at-bats last season, his first in the majors.


Gattis to play at 1B, DH for Astros; Bad news for Singleton, Carter?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) With the signing of Colby Rasmus, the Astros have an even more crowded outfield, but it also means Houston won't have to lean on Evan Gattis to play primarly in left field.

In fact, Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow expects Gattis to occasionally play in left field, but to primarily play at first base and DH. Although, that doesn't bode well for playing time for Jon Singleton and Chris Carter.

“We don’t know what Gattis is going to look like in left field,” Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. “If he’s good out there or adequate, I’m sure he’ll get some at-bats out there. Is he going to be our everyday left fielder? I can’t imagine that happening with the guys that we have, but we want to have that bat in the lineup.

“Guys that have options are going to have to prove to us that they belong in the big leagues. I don’t think it’s just Singleton. Like I said, we’ve got multiple options at every position on the diamond now. So, you know, players may not be playing their preferred position -- that puzzle will come together in spring training. We’re only guessing to try to figure it out right now.”


Jon Singleton to sit during the weekend


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton will be limited to pinch hitting duties this weekend, according to the Houston Chronicle

Singleton is mired in a slump, and hasn't picked up a hit since September 9. Singleton said the season has been "very hard, very difficult." He added, "when you fail it’s really hard to be positive, but you have to continue to motivate yourself and get up and go do it." Singleton is hitting .168/.287/.336 over 304 at-bats. 


Jon Singleton hits late homer in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton had just one hit Friday against the Indians, but it was a big one in a 5-1 win.

Singleton went 1 for 4 in the game, and his lone hit was a late three-run home run to clinch the game. He scored just once while striking out twice in the game.

Singleton has been a solid power source for the Astros, but contact issues have impacted him as a rookie. He is hitting .187/.290/.374 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 70 games. 


Jon Singleton collects fourth HR in last seven games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton homered for the fourth time in seven games and tied a career high with three hits during an 8-2 win Saturday vs. Toronto. He had one double and finished with three RBI.

Singleton recorded his first RBI on a single off R.A. Dickey in the first inning. He then added a two-RBI, inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the eighth inning off Brett Cecil.

Singleton has homered six times since July 4. He is batting .200 with a .475 slugging percentage and 17 RBI in 23 games over that timeframe.


Jon Singleton shines light in midst of darkness with home run


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton has still not achieved a multi-hit game since July 8, but he certainly made the most of his one hit in a Wednesday rout of Oakland. It left the yard for his eighth homer of the season.

The two-run blast in the fifth inning was merely the cherry on top of an 8-1 victory. Singleton has just five hits in his last 44 at-bats.


Jon Singleton hits his seventh home run Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton hit his seventh home run Sunday against the Marlins. 

Singleton waited until the ninth inning to strike. With the bases empty in the ninth inning, Singleton hit a 92 mph fastball out to left for a solo shot. He also walked twice earlier in the contest. Singleton finished 1 for 2, with one run scored and one RBI. 


Jon Singleton taking a seat Friday against left-hander


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Friday lineup for the Astros against Miami is sans first baseman Jon Singleton, who is set to sit against fellow lefty Brad Hand. Jesus Guzman is starting instead.

Singleton has just three hits in his last 35 at-bats, but is batting .295 against southpaws, which is far superior to his .179 mark overall this season.


Jon Singleton back in, Jesus Guzman out of Sunday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) The Astros have made a late change to their Sunday lineup as Jon Singleton, who had been listed as out, has replaced Jesus Guzman at first base against the host White Sox.

Jon Singleton benched Sunday in Windy City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Scuffling Astros first baseman Jon Singleton is grabbing some pine Sunday against White Sox left-hander John Danks.

Singleton, who is hitting .300 this year against southpaws, has just one hit in his last 18 at-bats and hasn't driven in a run since July 8.


Jon Singleton homers, reaches four times in win Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton went 3 for 4 with a walk, a double, a home run and four RBI in his team's 12-7 win over the Rangers Monday.

Singleton was just 1 for 24 over his previous seven games before exploding Monday, knocking a three-run home run in the fourth inning and adding an RBI double in the eigth. He has hit .188/.284/.385 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 117 at-bats.


Jon Singleton blasts fifth home run Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton crushed his fifth home run Friday against the Angels.

Singleton's big fly came in the fourth inning. With two men on, he stepped to the plate against C.J. Wilson. On the fourth pitch of the at-bat, Singleton took an 82 mph slider out to right for the three-run shot. It was his only hit of the game. Singleton finished 1 for 4, with one run and three RBI.

Over 105 at-bats, Singleton is hitting .181/.281/.362. 


Jon Singleton gets 'mental break' Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2014) Astros rookie first baseman Jon Singleton, in an 0-for-11 skid, was not in Sunday's lineup against the Rays. Manager Bo Porter called it a "mental break" for Singleton and said it made sense given that the Rays are throwing a lefty.

Singleton is hitting .203 with four homers and 10 RBI in 18 games since his promotion from the minors.


Jon Singleton having mixed results since promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton was left out of the starting lineup Monday against the Rays for the first time in 13 games since his promotion from the minors. Jesus Guzman started in his absence, but Singleton did make a pinch-hit appearance, striking out to end the game in the ninth inning.

Singleton is batting just .234 with 16 strikeouts since his promotion. However, he's making up for the low average and high strikeout rate with a .532 slugging percentage. He also has two doubles, four home runs, nine runs and 10 RBI.


Jon Singleton belts first career grand slam


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton had another monster game on Sunday, launching his first career grand slam in a 14-5 victory over the Twins.

Singleton took closer Glen Perkins deep for a grand slam in the ninth inning to pad the lead. He added double and finished 2 for 6 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .200 with two homers and six RBI in 25 at-bats.

Jon Singleton homers in MLB debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton enjoyed a memorable major-league debut Tuesday, going 1 for 3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI in his team's 7-2 win over the Angels.

Singleton earned his first RBI on a based-loaded walk during a five-run third inning, then hit the first of back-to-back home runs in the eighth. He'll be the team's regular first baseman moving forward after signing a contract Monday.


Astros promote Jon Singleton, demote Marc Krauss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) The Astros officially promoted first baseman Jon Singleton prior to Tuesday's game against the Angels, reports the Houston Chronicle. In a corresponding move, the team optioned outfielder Marc Krauss down to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Jon Singleton needs more mixed league owners


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(6/2/2014) Jon Singleton has been one of the more popular prospect stashes in Fantasy leagues, but many owners have been holding out for a more definitive sign that he will get to play soon. That sign came early Monday afternoon, when the Astros announced they signed Singleton to a five-year deal and were going to promote him prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Angels.

Though Singleton has cut back on strikeouts in the minors this season, he still fans often enough and hits enough popups that I don't expect him to bat above .250. However, he has enough power that he could approach 20 homers even with starting his major league season two months late. The .242/.370/.477 slash line currently owned by Mark Teixeira looks like a good fit for Singleton as well. Singleton should stay healthier and play more, so I have ranked him several spots above the Yankees' first baseman.

I've ranked Singleton 24th among first basemen in both Head-to-Head and Rotisserie formats, which makes him a must-start in the latter format. He is also a viable option for your first base or utility slot in standard mixed Head-to-Head leagues. With a current ownership rate of 57 percent in CBSSports.com leagues, there are many leagues in which Singleton should be starting and he is yet to be owned.


Source: Astros to promote Jon Singleton before Tuesday's game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2014) The Astros will promote slugging first baseman Jon Singleton from Triple-A Oklahoma City before Tuesday's game against the Angels, reports the Houston Chronicle. The Astros just signed Singleton to an historic five-year deal that includes $10 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $35 million, according to Yahoo Sports.

Singleton is hitting .267 with 14 homers and 43 RBI in 53 games with Oklahoma City.


Ranking the most stashable prospects


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/28/2014) With word that Maikel Franco could in fact replace the injured Cody Asche if he gets hot enough at Triple-A Lehigh Valley during the time Asche is sidelined (for more, check out the latest Prospects Report), the Phillies third baseman has officially become one of the most stashable prospects in Fantasy. Of course, by now, that list has become so long that you may need help prioritizing. So here you go.

Gregory Polanco is still No. 1. He's way too good for Triple-A, and even if the Pirates are waiting because of Super 2 concerns, he may be only three weeks away. Oscar Taveras may be only one week away if you buy that the Cardinals plan to promote him for their stretch of seven games in AL parks at the beginning of June. He may not be as prepared for the big leagues as Polanco, but he has arguably more upside.

Jon Singleton is still "on deck" for the Astros and crushing it at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The comes Franco. Andrew Heaney, the top pitcher of choice, edges out Joc Pederson, who seems like a long shot for a promotion even with Carl Crawford's ankle injury.

Boom! End of list. Now, go make us proud.


Anticipation building for Jon Singleton


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/15/2014) I mentioned just a couple days ago that the time to stash first base prospect Jon Singleton is now. I go into more detail in the latest Prospects Report, comparing him to George Springer, who was the first big-name prospect to get the call this year, and Gregory Polanco, who we all assume is next. He's a lottery ticket pickup for sure.

And since then, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has only ramped up the speculation by telling MLB.com that Singleton's promotion is "on deck."

It's open to interpretation, of course, but I don't interpret "on deck" to mean mid-July, which is how long the Astros would have to wait to make sure he doesn't become a Super 2 player. And considering they've already thrown caution to the wind by promoting Springer well before that point, they may be willing to do it for Singleton as well.

A word of warning for shallower league owners: What you're getting in Singleton is the chance at high-end production. If you already have a player with an even better chance at it, you should probably stick with him instead. To me, Jason Heyward, Allen Craig, Carlos Santana and even someone like Corey Hart all have a better chance at it than a player just entering the big leagues.


Jon Singleton callup is 'on deck'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Astros first base prospect Jon Singleton is close to being called up, according to MLB.com.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said the 22-year-old's callup was "on deck."  When asked to describe what that meant, Luhnow remained somewhat vague. "We have our own process for determining when a player is ready to come up," he said. "I'm not going to disclose what that is or the details, but just suffice it to say we're doing our homework and when the time is right, he'll be here."

Singleton has certainly done everything possible at Triple-A to warrant a callup. He's hitting .293, with 12 home runs in 140 at-bats. Despite the comments made by Luhnow, there's still a sense the team could wait until June to make the move so that Singleton isn't classified as a Super Two. 


Jon Singleton a prospect worth stashing


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/13/2014) With 12 home runs in 137 at-bats at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Jon Singleton is ready. His general manager knows it, telling The Houston Chronicle "it could be any time," and he's the most important person to win over since, you know, he actually gets to decide when Singleton arrives.

So knowing it could be any time, do you make the move now for Singleton? His upside certainly isn't in question. He struggled last year as he learned to cope without marijuana after being suspended for a second time because of a failed drug test, but otherwise, he has the look of an OPS monster at the big-league level, combining an exception batting eye with plus-plus power. The Astros have so far tried to make do with a platoon of Marc Krauss and Jesus Guzman at first base, so they don't have anyone standing in Singleton's way, and they've already shown they won't let Super 2 scare them away by calling up George Springer as early as they did.

Singleton is the kind of prospect who will be must-own in Fantasy as soon as he gets the call, so if you have the roster space, why not beat the rush for him now? I recently moved him into my top 40 at first base, but if you know some of the players just ahead of him are too low-end to matter in your particular format, feel free to pick him up even over them.