Jonathan Singleton is off to a 19-44 start to his BlueClaws career, and hit his fourth home run tonight in a 9-2 win over Hagerstown. After starting 3-12 (what was he thinking?), Singleton is 16-32 over a current 10-game hitting streak.
His home run tonight was lined right down the line and fair by about 5 feet, there was never a doubt that it had enough distance. (Note, click here for the updated Home Runs for Heroes standings).
I thought Greg Legg, BlueClaws hitting coach, had the best line of all:
He’s one of those guys that when he comes up, you’re not going to get some popcorn.
Singleton leads the team in home runs, but he’s hit his four in 44 at bats. By contrast, Darin Ruf had 115 and Anthony Hewitt sits at 158.
“For an 18 year old, he sees the ball way beyond those years. You’ve probably seen him already laying off those change-ups,” said Legg. “He doesn’t waste at bats. I’m not tinkering with him.”
Here is a podcast with Singleton from Monday.
Singleton joins Darin Ruf (four and five) and Jonathan Villar as BlueClaws with four-hit games this year.
Legg said he was “in heaven” watching Sebastian Valle get two hits, one to right and one to center. Legg has been trying to get Valle to do that all year, and now Valle is 10-25 over his last seven games.