Who will emerge at first base?
The Astros chose to part ways with Chris Carter this offseason and appear ready to turn over the first base duties to John Singleton. Singleton has displayed some flashes at the plate in the minor leagues but has struggled to even sniff the Mendoza line in brief big league appearances over the past two seasons. Singleton, still just 24 years old, has also struggled with off-the-field issues and has a lot to prove in order to nail down an every day job in the majors.
The Astros do have a solid backup plan at first base, in the form of top prospect A.J. Reed. The hulking 6’4”, 220 lefty has crushed minor-league pitching to the tune of a .324 clip and will be will be waiting in the wings should Singleton struggle again. The former Golden Spikes award winner has produced 46 home runs in just under 800 minor-league at-bats and will be given a long look in Spring Training. If Reed has a hot start to the season it will be interesting to see how long Singleton can maintain his job in Houston.