Brewers Designate Jon Singleton For Assignment

The Brewers have formally introduced their signing of infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson, making that deal official. In a corresponding transfer, first baseman Jon Singleton has been designated for project, per Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Singleton, 31, has had one of the vital distinctive baseball journeys. Drafted by the Phillies in 2009, his robust work within the minors received him onto high prospects lists, leaping onto Baseball America’s high 100 in 2011. At that summer season’s deadline, he was one in every of 4 gamers traded to the Astros within the deal that despatched Hunter Pence to Philadelphia. Singleton continued to impress after switching groups, launching dwelling runs and strolling at very excessive charges for the subsequent few seasons.

In June of 2014, simply as he was to be promoted to the majors, he and the Astros agreed to a five-year, $10MM extension that additionally got here with three membership choices. The membership hoped for Singleton to be a staple of their lineup for years to return and locked him in at an reasonably priced fee earlier than he might improve his incomes energy. Unfortunately, the plan didn’t come to fruition. Singleton hit simply .171/.290/.331 in 2014 and 2015. That led to a wRC+ of 81 indicating he was 19% beneath league common. He was saved within the minors for the subsequent few seasons and launched in May of 2018. At that point, Singleton had simply been given his third suspension for a failed take a look at for a drug of abuse. He would later go on to talk publicly with Adam McCalvy of MLB.com about his battle with marijuana habit.

After getting let go by the Astros, Singleton sat out a number of seasons, not enjoying official baseball wherever from 2018 to 2020. He joined Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican League for 2021 and impressed sufficient to get a minor league take care of the Brewers for 2022. He spent all of final yr with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and produced nicely total. He struck out at a 27.7% clip however drew walks at an unbelievable 20.1% fee and popped 24 dwelling runs. That led to a batting line of .219/.375/.434 and a wRC+ of 118, indicating he was 18% higher than the league common.

That wasn’t sufficient for Singleton to get known as up in the course of the season, however the Brewers did re-sign him to a different minor league deal in October. A couple of weeks later, they had been evidently involved that somebody would possibly take him within the Rule 5 draft and added him to the roster previous to the deadline. However, since that point, the membership has been fairly energetic regardless of an absence of splashy free agent signings. In addition to signing Anderson, the Brewers additionally signed Wade Miley and Blake Perkins and traded for William Contreras, Jesse Winker, Bryce Wilson, Javy Guerra, Payton Henry, Abraham Toro, Owen Miller, Janson Junk, Joel Payamps and Elvis Pegueroalong with grabbing Gus Varland in Rule 5 and Tyson Miller off waivers. All of these additions appear to have nudged Singleton out of his roster spot.

The membership will now have one week to commerce Singleton or move him by way of waivers. In the latter situation, Singleton has a earlier profession outright and will reject such an project in favor of selecting free company. For any membership that wants first base assist, Singleton might make for an intriguing flier as he is coming off a robust marketing campaign within the minors and nonetheless has lower than a yr of service time. However, he is out of choices and would want to hold onto a roster spot or else be designated for project once more.

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