Singleton Headlines Astros' Imports
Someday, we'll look back on a generation of Astros success
stories, busts and everything in between who came over from 2010-12 for
just about every veteran player the Astros had. Right now, Jonathan Singleton
is at the head of the class and will enter 2013 on the cusp of the big leagues.
for the Texas League at 20, Singleton did not disappoint by hitting
.284/.396/.497 for Double-A Corpus Christi. Acquired from the Phillies
at last year's trade deadline for Hunter Pence
, Singleton hit 21 home runs but was clearly more than just a slugger with 88 walks to his 131 strikeouts.
was the Astros' lone representative in the Futures Game, and that
future could be soon. Whether he opens next year in Houston or more
likely Triple-A, Singleton is on the Astros' radar, particularly with
the addition of the DH as the team moves to the American League in 2013.
Best Pitcher: Mike Foltynewicz
was named the most outstanding pitcher in the low Class A South
Atlantic League, and he gets the honors in the organization as well.
tall righthander and the second of the Astros' two first-round picks in
2010, Foltynewicz went 14-4, 3.14 for Lexington while pitching in the
mid-90s with a developing curveball. He walked 62 and struck out 125 in
Foltynewicz was repeating the level but is just 20. The
Astros have been reluctant to send elite pitchers to high Class A
Lancaster, and the Double-A level was filled with the fruits of the
trading deadline, so he remained with the Legends all season even though
he probably earned a tougher test.
Keep An Eye On: Nick Tropeano
was a fifth-round pick in 2011 and had a nice debut in the short-season
New York-Penn League, as you might expect a pitcher from a four-year
school. The jump this year was beyond his statistics, which were very
good with a 3.02 ERA and 47 walks and 166 strikeouts in 158 innings.
Tropeano saw a rise in his velocity, throwing consistently in the low to
mid-90s, and survived nearly half the season at Lancaster while
maintaining his performance after a promotion from Lexington. The
Double-A level will provide a test, but his prospect status definitely
elevated this season.
• Delino DeShields
Jr. became the first Astros prospect to reach triple-digits in stolen
bases with his 100th and 101st on the final day of a season split
between Lexington and Lancaster.
• Corpus Christi, Lancaster and
short-season Tri-City all reached their league playoffs, a year after no
Astros farm teams had winning records. Lancaster claimed its first Cal League championship and the first for an Astros full-season affiliate since 2006.