It has been a bit of a strange off-season for Jon Singleton. After coming off a 24 home run and 87 RBI minor league season with the Nashville Sounds, the Brewers rewarded him with a spot on their 40-man roster in November. He held this spot up until Milwaukee signed free agent Brian Anderson three weeks ago, in which he was DFA’d as a result. Now, after initially electing free agency, Singleton has re-joined the Brewers on a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp.
Jon Singleton is back. After dropping off the Brewers’ 40-man roster and becoming a free agent, Singleton has signed back on a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to big league camp.
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 10, 2023
Jon Singleton has re-joined the Brewers by signing a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp.
At 31 years old, Singleton has 114 games of experience in the Major Leagues. His last appearances at that level came in the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Houston Astros. While he did put together an impressive 2022 Minor League season, at this point we know what type of player he is. He is characterized as a slugging left handed first baseman who hits for a low batting average, but also draws a ton of walks.
Last season, Singleton hit for a .219 batting average and had a .375 OBP. His OBP was extremely high due to drawing 117 free passes. This equates to drawing a walk in 20% of at-bats. Strikeout wise, he was at 27%. This is not terribly high, but by no means screams contact hitter.
With signing a minor league contract, Singleton will have Rowdy Tellez blocking him from being promoted to the Major Leagues. If Tellez were to falter or miss any playing time it’s possible that the Brewers could call upon Singleton during the regular season. However, players like Keston Hiura, Abraham Toro, Mike Brosseau, and Brian Anderson also have some experience at first base.
For now, it appears that Singleton is a minor league depth signing. He’s an intriguing option to have stashed within the organization should the Brewers need him at any point.
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