Singleton squares up, breaks out at plate

Singleton squares up, breaks out at plate

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- First-base prospect Jon Singleton -- No. 4 on the Houston list -- arose from his Grapefruit League slumber in a big way Thursday, bashing a solo shot to right-center field off Blue Jays starter Esmil Rogers.

That home run ended an 0-for-16 start to the spring for Singleton, and he went on to also draw two walks in the Astros' 7-5 win over the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

"I finally squared up the ball, so I'm definitely making progress and stuff like that," Singleton said. "It's definitely a great feeling. ... At this point, I'm not ready to start the season. Every day's a work in progress, but I'm getting to that point."

Houston manager Bo Porter has praised Singleton for how he's working at-bats despite the lengthy hitless stretch, as evidenced by his eight walks compared to seven strikeouts this spring. Still, Porter was happy to see Singleton put one over the fence on Thursday.

"It was a really good swing, and I've said this: He hadn't really had any hits, but the at-bats have been deep counts," Porter said. "He's putting together quality at-bats, and that's more so what we're looking at. But it was good to see him really get down through a baseball today and put a good swing on it."

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.