Minor League Report – April 22nd 2014

This week in Minor League Report: Top Prospects, FFLockerRoom Fantasy Sports takes a look at some of the movers and shakers, top prospects and perhaps even guys most likely to be called up in the short term. As the season progresses we will be able to more clearly identify those players that are rising and falling in the minor leagues and whether they are blocked or have a nice free...
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Houston Astros Top 10 Prospects

The Houston Astros have the best farm system in baseball, which makes sense given the team’s draft position in recent years. Over half of the players on the list are former 1st round draft picks. Correa, Springer, and Appel profile as All-Stars. The rest of the players on this list have high ceilings and could become good to great Major League players. DeShields and Singleton have...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Noticeable Improvement: Realistic Expectations for the 2014 Astros

On September 29, the Yankees defeated the Astros by a score of 5-1. The Astros extended their losing streak to 15 games, and to the relief of Houstonians, the season was finally over. There is no denying that the Astros were fundamentally a bad baseball team last year. They finished the season at 51-111, a franchise worst. For the third year in a row, they were the worst club in...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Houston Astros will be contenders in 2016

The Houston Astros have been the door mat of the MLB for over a decade each season circling the drain shortly after a new season commences. However, rejoice Astros faithful there is hope and prosperity in the not so distant future. The Astros are on the cusp of blossoming into an MLB powerhouse as their plethora of prospects matriculate into big league stars. The potential lineup...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

45 Prospects in 45 Days: Houston’s Jon Singleton

Photo Credit: BeGreen90 (Bryan) Over the next 45 days the staff here at The Fix will profile and predict the fantasy fates of prospects that could – should, in some cases – be closely monitored on the waiver wire or even in the draft room. For the projection portion of the article, we will try our best to give you projections from all three major projection systems. Those projection...
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March 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros prospect admits marijuana addiction, rehab

Most of us hear “drug addiction” and think something like crack, cocaine, or speed.  Or simply alcoholism.  It’s not often that an individual admits an addiction to marijuana.  To be honest, it’s become so commonplace among those in their teens and early 20′s, it’s hard to characterize the fine line between addiction and enjoyment.  Houston Astros top prospect 1B...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros’ Jonathan Singleton admits he was a drug addict

Houston Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton recently spoke to the Associated Press about his addiction struggles with marijuana that led to a 50-game suspension last season. Singleton told AP that “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict, I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself.” The 22-year old went on to discuss the...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Phils Prospect Singleton Admits to Drug Issues

(PHOTO: Phoul Ballz) If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred time. Jon Singleton will haunt the dreams of Phillies fans for years. He’s the one that got away, traded to the Astros as part of the ridiculous package that netted the Phillies Hunter Pence. What’s haunting Jonathan Singleton is his addiction to marijuana. Singleton was suspended 50 games for tripping up once...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton opens up about addiction

Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press has a really interesting read on Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton, who served a 50-game suspension at the start of last season after a second positive test for marijuana use. Singleton, who had a month-long stay at an in-patient rehab center, was brutally honest about the impact the drug had on him. “At this point it’s pretty evident...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Top 10 Prospects: Houston Astros

The Houston Astros organization boasts both depth and some high-ceiling talent. The club has compiled its impressive collection of prospects through both solid scouting via the draft and shrewd wheeling-and-dealing via the trade market.   #1 Carlos Correa | 65/A- (SS) Age PA H 2B HR BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG wOBA 18 519 144 33 9 58 83 10 .320 .405 .467 .400 The Year in Review...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: November 25, 2013

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in offseason winter ball leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game. Puerto Rico Winter League Carlos Moncrief (Gigantes de Carolina,...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Offseason Primer: Houston Astros

The Houston Astros got decimated by fans and members of the media who didn't grasp their rebuilding strategy. SPEND MONEY, they cried, apparently ignorant to the fact that the Astros would be in a worse spot spending $80 million on payroll and losing 90 games than they would be if they spent $20 million and lost 110. Houston's strategy started to bear some fruit last year...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Jonathan Singleton, 2014 Fantasy Outlook

Jonathan Singleton was suspended for 50 games this past year for smoking marijuana. Singleton wasn't even tested until he kept forgetting the pitch count and called time out to grab some nachos. After his suspension, Singleton said, "I made an error in judgement. I should've cleansed by downing a 3-liter jug of cranberry juice rather than Nature's Way Detox Tea...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Profile: Jonathan Singleton | 1B | HOU

HistoryOwners may be smiling in 2014 if they pick up Singleton for a 2nd-half surge.Jonathan Singleton was an 8th round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies back in 2009. In 2011, he was traded to Houston along with Jarred Cosart and 2 other prospects for outfielder Hunter Pence. In 2013, he was then suspended for 50 games after his second failed drug test for Marijuana (you’d think...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Scouting the Unknown: Jonathan Singleton

Jonathan Singleton | 1B, Astros | Born: 9/18/1991 Jonathan Singleton tested positive for using marijuana. He was busted for that twice, actually, and the after the second offense, baseball suspended him for the first 50 games of the 2013 regular season. Now, I could probably spend the rest of this post writing about how idiotic it seems to slap such a lengthy suspension on a 21...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2013 Houston Astros

Here we are, folks: the first edition of the End of Season Post-Mortem series. If you're new here (which about 50% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from playoff contention, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and...
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August 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Phillies Prospect Jarred Cosart To Make Major League Debut

Count me among those who have said, "None of the prospects we have given up have done anything yet." One of them will be making his Major League debut this Friday: Jarred Cosart. Cosart, along with first baseman Jonathan Singleton and outfielder Domingo Santana went to the Houston Astros in...
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July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Cusp Dwellers: Houston Astros in the PCL

Photo Credit: BeGreen90/Flickr We have all read enough about George Springer to satiate our “who’s the next Mike Trout?” fix for the time being. And while Springer might indeed get thrown to the wolves in short order, the two Astros farmhands acquired in the Hunter Pence trade with Philadelphia back in 2011 deserve immediate attention as well: right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart...
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June 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Sanchez roughed up in final spring outing

DANA WAKIJIFOX Sports Detroit KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- It wasn't the best way for Anibal Sanchez to close out his spring but he wasn't too concerned. Against the Houston Astros at Kissimmee, Sanchez allowed nine runs on 11 hits while walking one and striking out three. He gave up two home runs to Jonathan Singleton and one to Jason Castro. "(Thursday), that's the problem...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Astros 11, Tigers 4

Jonathan Singleton hit two home runs and Jason Castro and Rick Ankiel each hit one, and a Houston Astros split squad beat the Detroit Tigers 11-4 despite a three-run homer by Prince Fielder. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez gave up nine runs and 11 hits in five innings. Castro connected for his sixth homer and Ankiel his fourth. Ankiel drove in four runs for Houston and Ronny Cedeno...
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March 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Denard Span forgot his jersey Monday night, had to wear #91

And so, Denard Span forgot his jersey for the Nats' bus trip to Kissimmee on Monday night, so he had to wear #91: Adding insult to injury? Watching #91 chase down a bases-clearing, game-tying triple that was scorched over his head in the 7th by Jonathan Singleton: (Screencaps via Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
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March 25, 2013  |  Discuss

30 Prospects in 30 Days: Jonathan Singleton – 1B – Houston Astros

Jonathan Singleton Jonathan Singleton was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 8th round of the 2009 draft out of high school. The big lefty (6’2″ 235 lbs) got to Houston by way of trade when Hunter Pence was sent to Philly. Singleton has been suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s drug policy a second time after testing positive...
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March 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Top 20 Prospects

The Astros have worked hard to rebuild this system; multiple trades, a strong draft, and a few guys really moving forward. Note: Avg ranking takes the average of any site I could find that had team rankings (sum of ranks divided by total sites). Comp ranking is the composite for the organization; it basically is a ranking of the averages. Rank Player Pos Avg Ranking Comp...
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March 02, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Top 10 Prospects: Houston Astros

The Houston Astros may have changed leagues and uniforms, but the chances of them changing their losing ways anytime soon is slim. When and if they do turn into contenders is going to depend heavily on a farm system that hasn't produced much in terms of top-end talent lately. However, hope may on the horizon, as there are finally more than a couple of high-ceiling prospects coming...
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February 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Players taking World Baseball Classic very seriously

The fans don’t take it very seriously, and the owners and general managers don’t like it, but the players are sure serious about it.   “It” is the World Baseball Classic, the international tournament that will have its third edition during the month of March and coincidentally, during spring training.   Japan is the two-time [...]
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January 14, 2013  |  Discuss

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