Astros promote 1B Singleton
The Astros have promoted 1B prospect Jon Singleton, who is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Angels. At Triple A, the 22-year-old Singleton was batting .267 with 14 home runs and a .941 OPS in 54 games. Will he carry that production to the majors?
Well, the obvious answer is "maybe," but Singleton has been very good this season after issues with marijuana and alcohol derailed his 2013 season. He's always had excellent plate discipline - 42 walks already this season - and a fairly high strikeout rate that's also pretty typical for a slugger. The unscientific guess here is that we'll see a .260-ish BA with 15 home runs from him over the rest of the season
I went through the list of 1B-eligible players - leaving out those that also qualify at catcher, as well as a few outfielders - and found 25 guys I'd rather own than Singleton. That's nothing against Singleton or his potential; just a basic acknowledgment that he's a good-but-not-great prospect who probably won't excel right away. And unlike someone such as, say, Ryan Howard, Singleton carries the risk of a demotion to the minors if he doesn't hit well.
Singleton is owned in 9.4 percent of FOXSports.com leagues. It's always fun to get excited about talented prospects, but this one probably isn't worthy of your squad in a 12-team mixed league. If your league is deeper than that, you can go get him.
On to the rest of the news:
Ryan Zimmerman is expected to return to the Nationals' lineup tonight, as the left fielder. When Bryce Harper is ready to come off the DL, this should get interesting. Have a backup plan ready, Denard Span owners.
Streaming starters: Jose Quintana gave up five unearned runs in six innings against the Dodgers on Monday, and that's just fine with us - we're up to 39-23 for the season. Today's pick is Jake Arrieta (2.2 percent owned) versus the Mets, while Wednesday's selection is Arrieta's teammate, the erratic Edwin Jackson (2.1 percent owned), against those same Mets. I hate Wednesday's available options, by the way.
The Orioles hope that DH Nelson Cruz (hand) will be back in their lineup tonight. In other O's news, the team activated SP Johan Santana and sent him immediately to the minors, where he'll spend a few more weeks rehabbing his injured shoulder before coming to Baltimore.
In Yankee geezer injury news, OF Carlos Beltran is on track to come off the DL on Friday, while the team's view of 1B Mark Teixeira's wrist seems to range from extreme worry to him possibly being in the lineup tonight.
See you back here tomorrow morning.