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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

BP Top Prospects: Houston Astros

Jason Parks        
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Prospect rankings primer

The Top 10

1.     1B Jonathan Singleton
2.     SS Carlos Correa
3.     OF George Springer
4.     2B Delino DeShields, Jr.
5.     RHP Jarred Cosart 
6.     SS Jonathan Villar
7.     OF Domingo Santana
8.     3B Rio Ruiz
9.     RHP Lance McCullers
10.   RHP Mike Foltynewicz


1. Jonathan Singleton

Position: 1B
DOB: 09/18/1991
Height/Weight: 6’2’’ 235 lbs.
Bats/Throws: L/L
Drafted/Acquired: 8
th round, 2009, Millikan HS (Long Beach, CA)
2012 Stats: .284/.396/.497 at Double-A Corpus Christi (131 games)
The Tools: Big raw power; average-to-plus hit tool

What Happened in 2012:
 Singleton finally carried his impressive batting practice power into game action, ripping 52 extra-base hits against Double-A competition, including 21 homers.

Strengths: Easy 7 raw power that should play at solid-average right out of the gate and has the potential to mature into 30-plus home run utility down the line; advanced secondary skills at the plate; excellent strike zone awareness and solid pitch recognition ability.

Weaknesses: Lacks plus athleticism or defensive versatility; arm is below-average; defensive profile at first base will be average at best; still learning how to hit for power; needs to improve against arm-side pitching.

Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division player

Explanation of Risk: Moderate risk; hard worker with good makeup; advanced offensive skill-set for age.

Fantasy Future: Potential to hit in the middle of a major-league lineup, with robust slash line thanks to contact ability, on-base skills, and game power. (.275/.375/.500)

The Year Ahead: Clear path to the majors, but no need to rush the 21-year-old to the show. A few months in Triple-A will be mutually beneficial to player and organization alike, as Singleton can rake in a hitter-friendly environment and the Astros can keep the clock on standby. At some point in the season, Singleton will reach the highest level, and will show flashes of his offensive potential while also showing his weaknesses. The power isn’t ready to play at full maturity yet, and the quality of the hit tool will be put to the test against pitchers that can offer both velocity and the ability to sequence an above-average secondary arsenal.

Major league ETA: 2013

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