The Houston Astros are climbing. They are slowly climbing up to respectability and perhaps even building some buzz about some of the young talent in their system.
In terms of position players, that process started recently when outfielder George Springer keyed a winning streak with a ridiculous week of offensive production, including seven home runs in seven days.
Slugger Jon Singleton looks to continue that trend now that he has been called up to the big leagues. Having signed the first ever pre-arbitration contract extension, he has three home runs and nine driven in in his young career.
He delivered his third home run on Thursday night, an authoritative line drive shot to the second deck off Arizona Diamondbacks’ starter Wade Miley.
Not to be overlooked is the wicked bat flip.
Given the depressing nature of the Astros’ franchise the last couple seasons, the team and its fans could use the energy that is injected by a little swagger. These top prospects are bringing that kind of swagger, not to mention whatever this celebration is.
Does Singleton have some sort of nickname that involves a bear? A monster of some kind? Please advise.
The Astros won’t be making any run to the playoffs this season, but there is just enough hope to generate some excitement that this rebuilding process is pointed the right direction. And if you don’t buy into that, at least enjoy that bat flip.