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.