Astros prospect Jon Singleton. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 5:42 PMThe youth movement in Houston is speeding up.
Just weeks after calling up George Springer, who has made a splash already in the big leagues, the Astros are bringing up another young slugger, Jon Singleton.
According to the team’s website, the power-hitting first baseman will join outfielder Springer with the parent club starting today. He will make his major-league debut tonight when Houston hosts the Angels.
Not only that, the club said it has signed Singleton to a five-year contract with three club options. That could keep him in an Astros uniform until 2021 if all works out.
To make room for Singleton, the club sent Marc Krauss to Triple-A.
The deal is considered the first in baseball for somebody who has yet to play in the majors and is for $10 million guaranteed for the first five seasons and could be up to $30 million according to the website.
“Jon is one of the rising young power hitters in baseball who has had a terrific first two months this year at Triple-A,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said to the website, Astros.com. “He is a big part of our future here in Houston, and this contract ensures that he will be an Astro for many years to come. He has worked hard to overcome adversity in the past couple of years and demonstrated to the organization that he is ready to contribute to a winning team in the Major Leagues.”
Singleton, just 22 years old, hit .267 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs this season at Oklahoma City. He was the Astros’ eighth-round pick in 2009 and the No. 3 team prospect according to MLB.com’s Prospect Watch.
Singleton had a good spring training, but the Astros started him in the minors with top prospect shortstop Carlos Correa and No. 2 pitcher Mark Appel.
Springer has been hot of late, hitting .259 with 10 homers and 29 RBIs in 41 games. He batted .390 with seven homers during a recent 11-game hitting streak, during which time Houston was in the midst of a 7-game winning streak.