Jon Singleton

Jon Singleton

32-Year-Old First Baseman1B
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Singleton returned to the majors for the first time since 2015 in 2023, slashing .165/.267/.264 in 105 plate appearances with both Milwaukee and Houston, even securing a spot on the Astros ALDS roster. Though meek in the majors, Singleton impressed across 148 plate appearances in Triple-A Sugar Land where he hit .333/.446/.692 with 12 home runs. It's unlikely that the 32-year-old will become much of a fantasy asset in 2024, but should break camp as a backup first baseman to Jose Abreu and could earn at bats at DH if Yordan Alvarez plays as an outfielder. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in June of 2023.
Could land on Opening Day roster
1BHouston Astros
February 7, 2024
Singleton is out of minor-league options and could have the first chance on the big-league roster as a result, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Singleton had a standout game in which he hit two home runs and drove in five on Aug. 11, but his 105-plate appearance sample in the majors last year was otherwise unproductive. He maintained just a .165/.267/.264 line, though his 0.57 BB/K and .194 BABIP suggest he may have deserved better results. Singleton's most direct competition for a spot on the roster is likely to be the recently acquired Trey Cabbage.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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1
4
8
3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+131%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+131%
OPS vs LHP
2022
No Stats
2021
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021vs Left .930 26 5 2 6 0 .273 .385 .545
Since 2021vs Right .402 79 6 0 6 0 .130 .228 .174
2023vs Left .930 26 5 2 6 0 .273 .385 .545
2023vs Right .402 79 6 0 6 0 .130 .228 .174
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2021
 
 
+59%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+59%
OPS at Home
2022
No Stats
2021
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2021Home .640 55 5 2 9 0 .184 .273 .367
Since 2021Away .403 50 6 0 3 0 .143 .260 .143
2023Home .640 55 5 2 9 0 .184 .273 .367
2023Away .403 50 6 0 3 0 .143 .260 .143
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Jon Singleton compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.57
 
BB Rate
12.4%
 
K Rate
21.9%
 
BABIP
.194
 
ISO
.099
 
AVG
.165
 
OBP
.267
 
SLG
.264
 
OPS
.530
 
wOBA
.246
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.6%
 
Barrels/PA
3.8%
 
Expected BA
.216
 
Expected SLG
.363
 
Sprint Speed
21.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
34.8%
 
Line Drive %
17.4%
 
Fly Ball %
47.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Singleton had a down year at Triple-A Fresno, hitting .202, albeit with 20 home runs. He did walk 88 times for a more respectable .337 on base percentage, but he's not going to get the call hitting at the Mendoza Line in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Once a top prospect, Singleton struggled mightily in his major league debut with the Astros in 2014, hitting .168 with a 37 percent strikeout rate over 362 at-bats. He did even worse in 2015, and continued his woes at the plate into 2016, casting doubt on whether or not he'll ever make the cut as a major league hitter. The Astros are crowded at first base and designated hitter with A.J. Reed, Tyler White, Yulieski Gurriel and now Brian McCann in the mix for at-bats, making it difficult to imagine Singleton back in the majors even if he does rebound at the plate in 2017. Don't consider Singleton anything but a long shot in the deepest of dynasty formats.
After a disappointing 95-game audition with the Astros during his rookie year, Singleton struggled during spring training and opened 2015 with Triple-A Fresno. He spent most of last season there, hitting .254/.359/.505 with 22 home runs and 83 RBI, helping the Grizzlies win the PCL and Triple-A National Championships. The 24-year-old only logged 58 plate appearances with the Astros last season, as Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez were the preferred options at first base when Chris Carter was slumping. Singleton should get the opportunity to win the Astros' starting first baseman job during spring training with Chris Carter non-tendered in the offseason, the club may seek out a more reliable option altogether.
Singleton had a real chance to break camp as the Astros' starting first baseman, but failed to stand out (.154 spring batting average) in the competition against Jesus Guzman, Japhet Amador and Marc Krauss. The powerful lefty didn't let his spring slump bother him, however, as he smashed 14 homers in 54 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City before Houston finally called him up in June. A solo home run in his MLB debut gave Astros fans and fantasy owners a small taste of his power potential, but there were plenty of growing pains on display as the season progressed. The most alarming stats were Singleton's contact (57%) and strikeout rates (37%), and while he somewhat redeemed himself by exhibiting patience inside the batter's box (13.8% walk rate), a paltry .168/.285/.335 triple slash far outweighs the 14 home runs he hit in 95 big league games. Despite a poor rookie season, Singleton is still the favorite to open 2015 as the Astros' starting first baseman, but don't be surprised if he ends up back in the minors if his struggles carry over from the year prior.
After serving a 50-game suspension for marijuana use, Singleton made his season debut at Low-A Quad Cities in May and advanced to Triple-A Oklahoma City in less than a month. There, the 22-year-old left-handed hitting first baseman hit .220/.340/.347 with six home runs in 73 games. While it seems likely that Singleton will require more seasoning at Oklahoma City before the Astros bring him up, his recent addition to the Astros' 40-man roster indicates he is likely to make his major league debut at some point this year. Even after the lost development time, Singleton is just 22 years old, and he has very little blocking his path to becoming a regular in the middle of the rebuilding Houston lineup once he's determined to be ready for the big leagues.
Singleton overcame a brutal midseason slump to string together a pretty nice season, hitting .284/.396/.497 with 21 long balls as a 20-year-old in Double-A. As a first baseman, Singleton is going to need to hit home runs consistently, especially if his batting average is not going to be north of .300. He silenced some of his critics with his 2012 campaign, but he will need to build on the progress to cement his future. The Astros' move to the American League should not do much to change Singleton's long-term positioning: teammate Brett Wallace doesn't offer much in the way of defense, which means first base should belong to Singleton when he is ready to take the reins. That will likely come in September of 2013 or later, as Singleton was given a 50-game suspension in January for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after testing positive for marijuana use.
Coming over to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal, Singleton immediately became the top hitting prospect in Houston's farm system. He reportedly has excellent raw power, though that has yet to manifest itself through nearly 1,000 minor league at-bats. He needs to improve his pitch recognition a little bit (123 strikeouts in 449 at-bats), but improvement is possible and likely. Singleton is worth a flyer now in dynasty leagues, while the price is still low.
Singleton, who just turned 19-years-old last September, established himself as the Phillies' best offensive prospect behind Domonic Brown after hitting .290/.393/.479 with 14 home runs and nine stolen bases in 376 at-bats for Low-A Lakewood last season. The Phillies opted to move Singleton off first base and into left field this winter in order to give him a clearer path to the majors (the team clearly must feel he'll arrive in the majors before Ryan Howard's contract expires). Singleton reportedly looked good in his new position during Instructional League play and could move quickly through the minors. He has excellent power potential to go along with a stellar eye at the plate (62:74 BB:K ratio last year).
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Secures spot on ALDS roster
1BHouston Astros
October 7, 2023
Singleton is on the Astros' roster for the ALDS, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
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Losing work to Diaz
1BHouston Astros
August 21, 2023
Singleton is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox.
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Scores twice
1BHouston Astros
August 16, 2023
Singleton went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored Wednesday against the Marlins.
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Parties like it's 2015
1BHouston Astros
August 11, 2023
Singleton went 3-for-4 with two homers, five RBI and three runs scored in Friday's 11-3 win over the Angels.
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Selected to MLB roster
1BHouston Astros
August 8, 2023
The Astros selected Singleton's contract from Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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