HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Astros have a pipeline full of top prospects in their farm system. This week first baseman Jonathan Singleton debuted with a home run after completing his 50-game suspension for a minor league baseball drug policy violation. In Tuesday’s game, Singleton went 2-2 with a home run, a walk, and 2 RBIs for the Quad Cities’ River Bandits, the Astros’ Single-A affiliate.
Singleton, who is one of the Astros’ top prospects, came over from the Hunter Pence trade with the Phillies in the 2011 season. Twenty-year-old Singleton hit 21 home runs and 88 RBI’s in a full season at AA with the Corpus Christi Hooks. Singleton will likely move up for a short stint with Double-A Corpus Christi before possibly ending up with Oklahoma City, the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate.
Other prospects in the Astros farm system are garnering attention and are worth a closer look.
Lance McCullers, RHP
Starting pitcher Lance McCullers is continuing his domination over the Single-A hitters, while sustaining one win and four losses. McCullers has a 1.90 ERA with 42.2 innings pitched 45 strikeouts and could be looking at a promotion soon.
Delino DeShields, 2B
Second baseman Delino DeShields appears to have regressed after last year. In 2012, he stole 101 bases but has only stolen ten this year, eight of which were unsuccessful. DeShields is hitting .278 with five triples with the Lancaster Jet Hawks.
Preston Tucker, RF
Right fielder Preston Tucker is in the midst of a power surge. He has hit eight home runs this season already and has nine to go along with a .310 batting average. During Tuesday night’s game, he had six RBIs and remains in the top five for home runs, RBIs, hits, and runs in the California League.
Michael Foltynewicz, RHP
Starting pitcher Michael Foltynewicz, the Astros’ first-round pick in 2010, seems to have put an end to the number of hits he sees since his move to AA. In fact, his ERA dropped from 3.81 to 1.08. In 25 innings pitched in AA, he has 25 strikeouts.
Jarred Cosart, RHP
Top prospect Jarred Cosart, a right-handed pitcher, is dominating in the Triple-A league, going 54.1 innings with 57 strikeouts with a 2.65 ERA. He has a 1.965 SO/BB ratio, striking out nearly two batters for every walk. This could be the last season for Cosart in the minor leagues. Cosart looks ready to join the Astros in the near future.