Highly touted prospect Jonathan Singleton hit two doubles in his Triple-A debut with the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Both hits almost cleared the fence Sunday night in the RedHawks' 9-4 loss to the visiting Round Rock Express.
Singleton's promotion to Triple-A was made public just hours before Sunday's game.
This was the first time ever playing above the Double-A level for Singleton, who recently returned from a 50-game suspension. The RedHawks started him at first base, and he batted fifth.
“Definitely I was a little nervous at first, but as I settled in, and had a couple of at bats, it definitely felt better,” Singleton said. “I had to take a couple of deep breathes and just go out there a play ball.
“Every once in awhile you get jitters, you know?”
Singleton, the Astros' second-ranked prospect in 2012, was suspended in January for his second violation of minor league baseball's drug policy.
After learning of his positive testing, the 21-year-old issued an apology to his parents, Houston's organization and general manager Jeff Luhnow through his agents.
“Honestly, I put it behind me, and it's time to move forward and make great things happen,” Singleton said. “I feel like I've gone out, worked hard, and proved to other people what I'm all about. I just have to trust myself; trust my gut feeling and go out there and do what's right.”
Singleton spent 11 games with the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks, hitting .263 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He was promoted from Class A Quad Cities on June 5 and immediately placed in the starting lineup.
Before Sunday night, Singleton batted a combined five homers and 13 RBIs this season.