Thursday, October 3, 2013
Singleton avoids Rule 5 draft
By AJ Mass
Like many other teams at this time of year, the Houston Astros are juggling their 40-man roster in order to protect prospects from getting poached from their minor leagues. By adding Jonathan Singleton to their 40-man roster, they prevent the first baseman from being subjected to the Rule 5 draft.
Singleton's 2013 season was a bit of a bust, as he managed to hit only .220 after getting a late start to his season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The lackluster stats compounded the disappointment felt by the organization following Singleton's 50-game suspension for violating the minor league drug policy.
Despite the "lost season" chances are that the Astros will give Singleton a chance to compete with Chris Carter and Brett Wallace for the starting first base job in the spring. Given that first basemen hit a combined .224 for Houston in 2013, so long as Singleton shows some power and consistently makes contact with the ball, he has a pretty good chance at winning that battle.