Scouting Prospect #39: Jonathan Singleton

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at Scout.com, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #39 from that list, Jonathan Singleton.

Name: Jonathan Singleton
Position: Outfield
Team: Houston Astros
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 215
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: MiLB Season

Physical Description

Singleton is a very strong young man. He has a strong, muscular lower half in particular, and has a very broad frame. In other words, he's built like the modern big league slugger.

Hitting

The hit tool has always been what made Singleton so intriguing. He has a feel with the bat, recognizes breaking balls and has outstanding overall plate discipline. Despite his age, he's not a guy who is going to expand the zone very often. Because of that, we're looking at a potential .400 OBP player at the next level.

Power

The lefty swinging Singleton is gifted with a great deal of natural strength, but much of his power comes from his pitch selection. Players who recognize pitches well and can react late also figure to have plus power. That's what Singleton has. For that reason, he's a potential 25-30 home run threat at the big league level.

Speed

The running game is not going to be featured much in Singleton's game. He's a solid athlete but is fairly heavy legged and he has average wheels at best.

Fielding

Position is a question mark for Singleton. But, he's taken to the outfield relatively well and appears to have enough arm strength to handle a corner spot. He's shown to be a capable first baseman as well.

Summation

Singleton's ticket to the big leagues is his bat. But, position is indeed going to be a question mark. He's not going to be a fantastic defender in the outfield or first base, but he does have just enough speed to profile in the outfield. And, that's likely where he'll be for the long term. He's already very physically mature so he's probably not going to grow out of the position. If that's the case, he profiles well as a potential 30 home run, high on-base type bat for the middle of a big league lineup.

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