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Height/Weight: 6-2/225 | Birthdate: 9/18/1991 | Birthplace: Harbor City, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 26/6 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Jon Singleton in Astros' lineup, bumping Evan Gattis to left field


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Jon Singleton is making his 2015 debut in the Astros starting lineup on Saturday. 

Singleton, called up on Friday, is in the lineup at designated hitter, batting seventh. 

Regular DH Evan Gattis will play the field on Saturday, getting his second start of the season in left field and first since April 28. 


Astros giving 1B Jon Singleton another shot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) The Astros have announced that they have promoted still-promising prospect Jon Singleton from Triple-A Fresno, per Fox Sports.

General manager Jeff Luhnow stated that it will be up to A.J. Hinch to ultimately decide how Singleton is used, but that he could play some first base and designated hitter.

The 23-year-old Singleton, who batted just .168 in 310 at-bats last season with Houston, has again been mashing in the minors with a slash line of .280/.387/.553 and 17 home runs in 264 at-bats.


Astros' Jon Singleton has 27 RBI in last 10 games at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton homered again Thursday for Triple-A Fresno, giving him six in his last 10 games and a minor-league leading 13 on the season. Singleton also has 44 RBI in 39 games, with 27 coming in his last 10 games.

"He's locked in right now. He's been having great at-bats, swinging at good pitches," Fresno teammate Carlos Correa said, per MiLB.com. "He's doing the work he needs to do to be successful on the field, and he can be proud of what he's bringing to the table. He's going to bring a lot to the Houston Astros eventually."

Singleton is batting .295 with a .406 on-base percentage, .651 slugging percentage and 1.056 OPS this season.


Astros' Jon Singleton racking up home runs in Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton has slugged 12 home runs in 133 at-bats with Triple-A Fresno.

Singleton has particularly picked things up in May, racking up eight home runs in the span of 11 games. He's shown plenty of patience at the plate as well, drawing 26 walks while striking out 31 times. Singleton doesn't have a clear path to playing time in the majors, but the team will likely be looking to give him a shot at first base at some point after he struggled last year in his rookie season.


Astros send Singleton, Chapman to Triple-A; DFA Alex Presley


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Astros have optioned first baseman Jon Singleton and left-hander Kevin Chapman down to Triple-A Fresno, and designated outfielder Alex Presley for assignment, according to the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday.

According to MLB.com, the Astros may try to trade Presley if they are unable to keep him. Presley, 29, slashed .212/.316/.333 with three RBI over 33 spring at-bats.

Singleton, 23, made his debut in 2014 and hit .168 over 310 at-bats in his first season in the majors. He hit .213 this spring.

"There are definitely things I need to improve on," Singleton said. "This move was necessary."

Chapman, 27, registered a 4.64 ERA in his second season in the majors last year. This spring, he posted a 2.16 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and 10:3 K:BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings.

"I just need to just polish up a little bit," Chapman said.


Astros 1B Jon Singleton working to simplify things at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Astros first baseman Jon Singleton is continuing to progress as a hitter. Singleton has hit .244 so far this spring and manager A.J. Hinch is seeing him get better every day, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"He's working on things to simplify things at the plate, clear his head and take a good pass at the ball and swing at strikes," Hinch said Friday. "Get in a good body posture, making sure that his effort level is at the right consistent. He can swing ferociously with the best of them, and that's not always the best balance swing for him. I think he's trying to find a happy medium on how to try to take his best swing while staying under control. And I think that’s starting to translate into games."

Singleton is getting in the mindset of focusing more at the plate.

"A lot of it is thinking," Singleton said. "You got to get in the box and just let everything go. Let everything that you're working on go. Compete. I think that has a little bit to do with it. I also think it's still early, pitches that I'm missing now I don't think I'm going to miss in May or June. But it’s all a work in progress."


Astros' Hinch on Singleton: 'He's a very, very dangerous hitter'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Wednesday that first baseman Jon Singleton is making a good case to break camp on the team's 25-man roster, MLB.com reports.

"He's a very, very dangerous hitter, and he knows it, the other teams know it," he said. "He got off to a really hot start in the spring and continues to grind towards the roster spot that's becoming more and more debatable."

The team has the option of going with Chris Carter or Evan Gattis at first base if Singleton doesn't make the team, but he remains unworried about the potential roster crunch.

"I'm still out here playing ball and leaving it all on the field," he said. "I'm just trying to compete."

Singleton has hit .244/.295/.390 while striking out 14 times in 41 at-bats this spring.


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 | Senior Analyst
(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.