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Hitting .375 so far in his first year of A ball. 2-2 tonight so far and is only 18. Last year at 17 he hit .290 with 18 BB and 13 K's in rookie ball he is obviously far away from being close to contributing at a major league level but someone to keep a eye on.

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Just had another hit today and it was a HR.

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Good thing he's young...kind of a big road block at 1B in Philly.

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He was BA's Helium Watch this week.

• Jonathan Singleton, 1b, Phillies. Singleton caught scouts' eyes on the high school showcase circuit in 2008, but an underwhelming season as a high school senior last year kept him on the draft board until the Phillies nabbed him in the eighth round. Philadelphia trusted their reports that Singleton was an advanced hitter for his age and gave him $200,000. He's looking like a bargain right now. Singleton, 18, joined low Class A Lakewood in mid-May and has hit in 13 of 14 games since getting in the lineup.

The lefthanded hitter currently is riding an 11-game hitting streak and has shown his share of both patience and power, having homered four times and walked nine times on his way to a .429/.508/.755 line through 49 at-bats. This week alone, Singleton hit .520/.556/.920 (13-for-25) with a pair of homers, four doubles and nine RBIs.

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3-6 today with two doubles, and I believe the game is still going.

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One scout says Singleton is "the best high school hitter I've seen since Ian Stewart in the South Atlantic League . . . and prior to him, Manny Ramirez."

Sounds like trade bait; Ryan Howard is under contract through 2016.

via http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/kendry-...-problem-053110

Another person would take a long look at the corner OF prospects in the Phils' system, see the dearth, and say "Hmmmmmmm.....I wonder if young Jon will wind up in the outfield down the road......."

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Or they could keep him in the system the same way they did Howard, and move Howard opening a place for Singleton in 2014 just as they did with Thome. Way to early to say, for now, we can just watch him climb the system.

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2-3 so far with a 3 run double. Call this man up to the majors already he is on fire!

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Or they could keep him in the system the same way they did Howard, and move Howard opening a place for Singleton in 2014 just as they did with Thome. Way to early to say, for now, we can just watch him climb the system.

No one's going to take Howard's ridiculous contract. You're stuck with him.

I also think left field might be his best bet to make it as a Phillie

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3-4 2 2B and a bomb.

Also this was on BA.

Tim C. (Chicago): What are you thoughts on Johnathan Singleton long-term? I have heard he had a rough senior year and that really hurt his prospect status.

Matthew Eddy: Yes, this is true. Also true, Jon Singleton is quite possibly the most popular prospect in Hot Sheet history. Thank you, Jayson Stark for singing his praises. But yes, the Phils were able to grab Singleton in the eighth round last year because he hit just .321 as a high school senior. They had seen him much better than that, though, as an underclassman and on the showcase circuit. For Low-A Lakewood this week, he went 8-for-23 (.348) with three doubles, six walks and three strikeouts.

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No one's going to take Howard's ridiculous contract. You're stuck with him.

I also think left field might be his best bet to make it as a Phillie

If they do what they did with Thome, they'd simply eat a huge portion of the contract to get him down to market value for a DH. Assuming he regresses normally for someone his age and position, there's no doubt someone would take him.

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Very excited to see how Singleton progresses. Glad I own him in a dynasty.

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7th on BA's hot sheet this week.

Jonathan SingletonTeam: low Class A Lakewood (South Atlantic)

Age: 18

Why He's Here: .409/.500/.773 (9-for-22), 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBIs, 6 R, 3 BB, 6 SO, 1-for-1 SB

The Scoop: Singleton looks well on his way to becoming one of 2010's top breakout prospects. The Phillies' 6-foot-2, 215 pound first baseman has shown a little bit of everything since being called up to Lakewood a little over a month ago. He's shown natural power and loft in his swing with six home runs and an ability to stay patient and work the count. And he can flat out rake—he's reached base in all but two of the 28 games he's played. Singleton would be leading the Sally League batting race by almost 50 points if he had enough at-bats to qualify, and his .410 average since joining the BlueClaws on May 13 ranks fourth in the minors over that span.

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Also got this from BA's chat today.

Michael (Cary NC): So what did Jonathan Singleton do this week that stood out more than the past few weeks? Statistically this wasn't his strongest week at all, and could probably argued as his weakest. Is he now considered a "prospect" by BA standards and not just a 'flash in the pan'?

J.J. Cooper: He's a definite prospect, but he was considered a prospect before the season began. If we did the Phillies' top 10 right now, he'd be near the top of the list, moving up from the No. 20 spot he held before the season (which was a pretty aggressive ranking for a eighth-round pick who had only played in the GCL). Give the Phillies' scouting staff some credit they got Brody Colvin and Jonathan Singleton last year with their seventh and eighth-round picks and spent $1.1 million combined to sign the two of them.

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Earlier tonight...

2-4, GS HR (7), 5 rbis

Awesome first post.

The one thing I'm loving most about him so far is his plate discipline 19/20 BB K ratio.

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from what I can tell, he will be a border line top 100 prospect at the end of the year. Not bad for someone who was ranked about 20th in the Phiilies system at the start of the season.

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from what I can tell, he will be a border line top 100 prospect at the end of the year. Not bad for someone who was ranked about 20th in the Phiilies system at the start of the season.

I think there's a good chance he'll be higher than borderline. Personally, I think it's far more likely that he'll be a borderline Top 50 guy. At this point, I think he's a lock for Top 100.

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I think there's a good chance he'll be higher than borderline. Personally, I think it's far more likely that he'll be a borderline Top 50 guy. At this point, I think he's a lock for Top 100.

A lock? He was barely a top 20 guy in his own system before this year. I'm as big a fan as anyone here, but let's see if he can keep this up before saying that. It's only been 116 AB's in Low-A.

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I think there's a good chance he'll be higher than borderline. Personally, I think it's far more likely that he'll be a borderline Top 50 guy. At this point, I think he's a lock for Top 100.

Top 50? He's going to be top 20, if not top 10. He's getting buzz similar to Heyward. What makes him such an excellent prospect is not that he's raking in low A - it's because his swing is so short and compact, and generates so much power, he's not going to have the same obstacles at higher levels, as some other power prospects deal with. Jesus Montero is having issues now because, at the lower levels, he could hit pitches out of the strike zone. Now he's still swinging at pitches out of the strike zone, but missing them because he can't catch up to the harder-thrown curves and sliders. He'll catch up eventually, but he needs to shorten his swing and start drawing more walks - and that's where Singleton is special. I see a lot of comparisons to Manny Ramirez, but an even more recent comparison might be Matt Kemp, in terms of a compact swing that drives through the zone.

I would not be surprised to see him as a borderline top 10.

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If he does start generating that type of hype, it may be hard for him to hang around in Philly. I know they pushed Thome out the door in favor of a rising Howard, but I have a hard time seeing that happening twice. 2015 is the earliest he could hit the show in Philly, and even that may be pushing it.

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