D.O.B.: September 12, 1985
How Acquired: Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 11th round of the 2006 June Draft
The Minnesota Twins drafted Steven Singleton in the 11th round of the 2006 draft, selecting the young middle infielder out of the University of San Diego. A switch-hitting infielder, Singleton has been a pleasant surprise with the bat so far in his young career, and is one of the top infield prospects in the organization. Likely slated for Fort Myers in 2009, Singleton could move quickly, mostly due to the Twins lack of infield depth.
Singleton was an All-State performer at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, CA, leading his high school to a 22-7 record in 2003. Singleton batted over .400 for Bishop O'Dowd during his senior season, and was a three-time All-League selection during his prep career.
Singleton played his collegiate baseball at the University of San Diego, playing as the team's starting shortstop. After a slow start to his career, playing behind future pro Jose Ortega as a freshman, Singleton began to etch out his own name in USD history. In his final season at USD, Singleton batted .363, driving in 41 runs in 53 games.
Singleton made his professional debut as a member of the 2006 Elizabethton Twins, batting .340 in 41 games, instantly making a name for himself in the organization. He also smacked five triples, which was good enough to lead the league. He would spend the 2007 season with the Beloit Snappers, appearing in over 100 games for the Snappers, while playing both middle infield spots.
Most people felt that Singleton would open the 2008 season with the Fort Myers Miracle, based on the fact that he played well for the Snappers in 2007. However, Singleton was brought back to the Midwest League to start the 2008 season, and played so well that the Twins finally promoted him to Fort Myers mid-season. In his second stint with Beloit, Singleton batted .302, and was named to the Western Division All-Star Team.
Once in Fort Myers, Singleton hit well once again, batting .295 in the pitcher-friendly Florida State League. He even showed a flash of power, as he hit five home runs in 62 games, giving him 11 for the season. One stat that really stood out was his doubles total, as he had an incredible 19 doubles for the Miracle.
Batting and Power. Singleton is a master at getting on base, and has been a consistent hitter since joining the Twins organization. A gap hitter with some power, Singleton loves to work the gaps, and is a doubles machine. He will hit maybe 5-10 home runs each season, but that is definitely not part of his game. Look for at least 20 doubles a season from Singleton, who is a .300 hitter.
Baserunning and Speed. Singelton is a very athletic player, but he does not have great speed. He has good speed, which is good enough for around 10-15 stolen bases a season, but is not a burner on the basepaths. Still, he is a very good baserunner, who does not make mistakes when he gets on. He also has good speed to turn doubles into triples, and sometimes a single into a double. He will definitely not hurt you on the basepaths.
Defense. Singleton is one of the better defensive players in the Twins organization. He struggled with the glove a bit in Beloit, which every middle infield prospect does, but showed good range in the Florida State League when we saw him. He has the ability to play both middle infield positions, and might actually end up at second base. I would say he is an above average defender.
ETA. 2011. I say 2011 because of his two-year stint in Beloit, but with Singleton, one monster season could push the number to 2010. He is likely slated to start the 2009 season with the Fort Myers Miracle, but I definitely feel that he will end the season in New Britain. There has been some talk that he could be in New Britain to start the year. Still, I feel that he is two years away from contributing at the major league level.