Roto Imbeciles
Fantasy Baseball for the Roto Enthusiast
Wednesday, August 23, 2017: A few of us have been talking on the Facebook site over the failed/stalled career of Jon Singleton, the one time Houston prospect. Lest we forget, before Singleton even played a major league game the Astros signed him to a 5 yr/$10-mil (guaranteed) contract. I was never really that high on him. I will give you this, he knows how to take a base on balls. But I believe his lifetime BA in the majors is something like .160. I googled his career stats in (all of or parts) 9 minor league seasons. Singleton is 780 for 3021 (.258) with an .833 OPS, 503 runs, 134 HR, 527 RBI, and an 847/586 K/BB. In 357 AB in the majors Singleton is a lifetime .171 batter in 357 AB, with a .621 OPS, a 151/60 K/BB, 48 runs, 14 HR, and 50 RBI. I don't even believe that Singleton is currently on the Astros' 40 man roster as he's been passed up by names like A.J. Reed, J.D. Davis, and Tyler White. I would say that the only chance for Singleton is a change of scenery. He currently has 17 HR and 60 RBI with a 121/100 K/BB down at Double-A in 348 AB.

Having said that he's collected $5.5-mil of that 5 yr $10-mil contract that was signed before Singleton ever played in a major league game. I read also if a team claims him they're on the hook for the other $4.5-mil he's owed over the next 2 seasons. So he'll more than likely remain off the 40 man roster over the remainder of his Astros' career. Let's call Singleton a worse version of Russell Branyan but nevertheless, a true 3 outcome hitter. Except, compared to Singleton, Branyan is a first ballot HOFer.

After hitting a career-high 24 HR and 72 RBI with the Nationals in 2016, Danny Espinosa has hit just .162 with 91 strikeouts in 228 AB this year. He cleared waivers and was released by the Angels this past Friday. I remember when I picked up Espinosa before his first game in Sept 2010. After 5 major league games, I was dusting off Espinosa's HOF plaque. Because the Major League Baseball Committee may just waive the 5 year waiting period or even the 10 year playing period! Espinosa was 9 for 16 (.563) with 3 HR and 10 RBI. And I don't think that anyone ever led their league in RBI while only playing in September. That just can't happen. He was on pace for 56 RBI in September and 17 HR. This was a guy that every NL league owner was stepping over each other in order to get him. Well, his next 13 games were like Pablo Sandoval falling down. THUD! Espinosa was 5 for 50 (.100) with 5 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, and a 17/3 K/BB. Sometimes I just want to kick myself in the ass. Today the Mariners showed Espinosa the door! And speaking of Sandoval, since being called up by the Giants 3 weeks ago he's 14 for 54 (.259) with 9 runs, 1 HR, 4 RBI, a 7/3 K/BB, and a .699 OPS. I picked him up last week in my on-line NL. That league has 6 teams within 5 points of first. In one day over this past weekend, I actually went from 1st place to 5th.



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