Can Jon Singleton hold onto the first base job in Houston in 2016?
With the beginning of each new season, there are players whose names are on the block. Maybe they were superstars who are now in decline, perhaps they’ve got potential to be great but are looked at as injury prone or maybe they’re a young phenom that just hasn’t quite lived up to the hype.
Teams are still taking a chance on them though, because what if things finally come together (or back together) for them this season? If everything were to finally fall into place for that player, they could be a difference-maker in the team’s season.
Still, the teams who are taking a chance on these kinds of players, whether they’re already on the big league club or were just given the chance to make the team via an invite to big league camp during spring training, patience is beginning to wear thin. These players need to come up big in spring training and during the early part of the season, or potentially be replaced, released or relegated to the minors.
The Houston Astros’ Jon Singleton is currently listed as the Astros’ starting first baseman on ESPN.com’s team depth chart but how long his name will stay there is a complete mystery. He is absolutely the biggest “what if” player in the American League West going into the 2016 season. He may even be the biggest question mark in all of baseball right now.
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