HOUSTON -- Jonathan Singleton, the left-handed power bat that's considered the top offensive prospect in the Astros' Minor League system, will be the team's lone representative in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City next month.
Singleton, a first baseman, was hitting .277 with 11 home runs, 42 RBIs and a .391 on-base percentage through 66 games at Double-A Corpus Christi, and will play for the U.S. team. This is his first full season in the Astros' organization after coming over from the Phillies last year in the Hunter Pence trade.
The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 4 p.m. CT. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball, along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters.
Last year, second baseman Jose Altuve represented the Astros in the All-Star Futures Game and is in the running to start for the National League this year in the All-Star Game in Kansas City. He is currently third in voting at his position in the NL.
Singleton, 20, was selected by the Phillies in the eighth round of the 2009 Draft, and slugged 14 homers at Class A Lakewood in 2010 in his first full season in the Majors. The Astros made him one of the centerpieces to the trade they made last year with the Phillies.
In exchange for sending Pence to Philadelphia on July 29, the Astros received Singleton, right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart (their top pitching prospect), right-handed reliever Josh Zeid and a player to be named later that wound up being outfielder Domingo Santana.
Singleton was in Major League camp with the Astros this spring, and is expected to reach the Majors no later than next season.