Five Major Questions for the Houston Astros in 2016

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina / USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina / USA TODAY Sports

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.

One Response

  1. jake

    Great article Adam – cya at the B&B soon… Dead-on per the starting pitching. You have to think Keuchel will slide back some, and McHugh was a very lucky 19-7 last season… I love McCullers Jr., but it’s a slippery slope in the 4 and 5 spots… Definitely a do or die season for Singleton at 1B, and yes, Reed appears to be the future of the 1B spot for the Astros anyway… Valbuena needs to pick up that dismal BA and OB% at 3B too… I honestly think a healthy Springer would be the best player on the team, and that says a lot when you look at how great Correa and Altuve already are… Go ‘Stros !


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