The Houston Astros are releasing one of their former top prospects in Jon Singleton.

Singleton came over to the Astros from the Philadelphia Phillies in a trade that sent Hunter Pence to Philly and Singleton was the big prospect that came back in return in 2011. At the time, Singleton was considered to be high-risk/high-reward and earned himself the designation as the number one overall prospect in the organization.

However, he struggled with addiction to marijuana and in 2013 he was slapped with a 50 suspension at the beginning of the minor league season. He was able to recover from that and made his Major League debut in 2014 but he wasn't very impressive, he hit only .171/.290/.331 in 420 plate appearances through 2015. Despite his struggles the Astros gifted him a 5 year, $10 million dollar contract in which he signed, sealed, but was never able to deliver...

Singleton was pretty open regarding his drug addiction, "At this point, it's pretty evident to me that I'm a drug addict," he told the Associated Press in 2014 during spring training. "I don't openly tell everyone that, but it's pretty apparent to myself."
In the end it was just too much for the Houston Astros to put up with anymore as in January of this year he was hit with his third suspension, this time it was 100 games. This is currently a suspension he is still serving and now he's a free agent. Hopefully he can get his addiction under control and get back to just playing baseball.
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