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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) - Jonathan Singleton, first-base prospect for the Astros, began his 2013 season with home run for the Class-A Quad Cities River Bandits.  Not even a missing his flight and arriving just an hour before the scheduled first pitch undermined the 21-year old’s season opener.  In his first at-bat, Singleton hit a two-run homer to left center field.  Singleton was 2-for-2 with the debut home run, walk, and 2 RBIs before rain shortened the game between the Bandits and Kane County Cougars.  Singleton’s first game back resulted in a 7-5 victory for the River Bandits.

Singleton began his season Tuesday after serving a 50-game suspension for violating minor league baseball’s drug policy.  Singleton was a top prospect for the Astros before being suspended for testing positive for marijuana.

Singleton will spend a brief stint with Quad Cities before moving up to Double-A Corpus Christi and then will settle in Oklahoma City, the Astros Triple-A affiliate.

The Astros acquired Singleton as part of the Hunter Pence trade in July 2011.  The Phillies traded Singleton, their eighth-round draft pick in 2009, to Houston with pitcher Jarred Cosart and two other minor leaguers in exchange for the All-Star outfielder Pence.

In 2012 Singleton hit .284 with 21 home runs and 79 RBIs with the  Corpus Christi Hooks.

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