The Houston Astros want a proven bat and the Milwaukee Brewers have plenty of them. With players like Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra on the market and readily available, the Brewers should target first base prospect Jon Singleton of the Astros, whom Ken Rosenthal reported has been made available.
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By trading one for one of these outfielders the Astros would be able to stay in the race and have a bat that could fill in for the injured George Springer. Though the Brewers have Adam Lind currently at the position, acquiring a bat like Singleton’s would allow them to get younger moving Lind and also have a long-term first baseman for the foreseeable future (Singleton is not illegible for free agency until after the 2020 season).
Throughout the past several seasons, Singleton has been viewed as one of the best first base prospects in baseball as he has mashed minor league pitching. He has not only hit double digit home runs in each of the past six minor league seasons and 92 in his minor league career, but he has also hit 13 major league home runs. Coming to Miller Park could help those numbers increase even more.
Singleton is strikeout prone and he has batted just .168 in 105 major league games, but young first baseman is a carer .279 hitter in the minor leagues. This season in AAA Fresno, Singleton is batting .280 with 17 homers (third in the Pacific Coast League) and a .940 OPS.
With the deadline coming fast, the time to make a move is now. The Astros are at a point where they need to do something to stay in the race and adding someone like Gomez or Para could be just what they need. With a future piece like Singleton available, the Brewers should do what they can to create a package that involves him as a centerpiece.