Astros Sign Singleton To Long-Term Deal, Will Promote Him

Jon Singleton, a frequent member of BA’s Prospect Hot Sheet as well as Top 10 Fantasy Prospects and the Astros’ No. 7 prospect entering the season, will be promoted Tuesday, according to reports, after signing a five-year extension worth $10 million with three option years.

See also: What To Expect—George Springer

See also: What To Expect—Jonathan Singleton

The slugging first baseman, hitting .267/.397/.544 with 14 homers and 43 RBIs at Triple-A Oklahoma City, would likely supplant Houston’s platoon at the position of Jesus Guzman (.208) and Marc Krauss (.173).

"Jon is one of the rising young power hitters in baseball, who has had a terrific first two months this year at Triple-A," Astros  general manager Jeff Luhnow told BA correspondent Jose de Jesus Ortiz. “He is a big part of our future here in Houston, and this contract ensures that he will be an Astro for many years to come.”

Jonathan Singleton

Jonathan Singleton (Photo by Andrew Woolley)

According to Yahoo! Sports, the contract is for five guaranteed seasons and three option years. If the Astros pick up all his options, Singleton would not be a free agent until age 30.

The deal follows an early spring report that George Springer refused to sign a similar contract in September 2013 and was not promoted because he refused to sign. The Astros called up Springer, and he’s hitting .259/.344/.500 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 162 at-bats.

Singleton has plus bat speed, plus power and can cover the whole plate. The home runs will come with plenty of strikeouts, but Singleton's ability to draw walks and hit doubles and home runs should more than make up for some swing-and-miss tendencies.

Singleton's on-base ability is his best skill. He has a .388 career minor league on-base percentage with an ability to draw walks in part because he has enough power to keep pitchers cautious.

Singleton's scouting report also has to include a note about his battles with addiction. He was suspended for 50 games last year after a second positive test for marijuana. The Astros added him to the 40-man roster earlier than needed last year. As soon as that happened, he was no longer subject to tests for marijuana because of his newfound status as a member of the union. But Singleton told reporters this spring that he began substituting alcohol for pot last year, which did him no favors, on or off the field.

“He has worked hard to overcome adversity in the past couple of years and demonstrated to the organization that he is ready to contribute to a winning team in the major leagues,” Luhnow said.