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16. Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Houston Astros
Higher Learning for Singleton?
Singleton is probably best known for being involved in the deal that sent Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies in the summer of 2011. Most recently, he's been in the news for something he isn't proud of: a 50-game suspension after testing positive for marijuana. He'll serve that suspension starting this year. Last year at Double-A Corpus Christi, the 21-year-old former eighth-round pick hit .284 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs in 461 at-bats.
Singleton, at 6-foot-2, 235 pounds, has the kind of smooth swing from the left side of the plate that organizations love to have. He has an advanced feel for the strike zone already and is a natural hitter. He has the talent to become an elite first-base power hitter at the next level. His quick and explosive bat consistently barrels up the baseball, and he stays extremely quiet at the plate. He's played some corner outfield, as well, and although his defense at first base isn't anything to write home about, he'll stick at the position moving forward.
The trade to Houston was the best thing that could have happened for his career. The drug suspension is a bump in the road, but Singleton has a promising future with the 'Stros. Houston is clearly rebuilding, and with their move to the American League, Singleton is definitely part of their short-term future. Carlos Pena and Brett Wallace are simply keeping first base warm until Singleton arrives, and it's entirely realistic that we'll see him at midseason.
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About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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