The Astros started the 2012 season with almost no hope of playoff contention and, as Joe pointed out, they have taken steps to clean house in hopes of building a team capable of contending years down the road in the AL West. In order for that plan to work, they will need a strong group of prospects to live up to their potential. Here are some notes on a few prospects I have watched in person coming through the Cal League.
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Jonathan Singleton, 1B
Double-A Texas League: 550 PA, 285/.398/.500, 21 HR, 16% BB%, 23.6% K%
I got a few live looks at Singleton last season after he was traded from the Phillies to the Astros. What I saw then was a sweet swinging lefty with tons of projectable in-game power, but a need to improve against left-handed pitching. At the still fresh age of 20, Singleton’s in-game power took a big step forward this season and he continued to show tremendous plate discipline. However, he only hit .236/.312/.423 with...