In Kissimmee on Thursday, Jonathan Singleton hit 2 home runs, drove in 3 runs and scored 3, to pace the Astros to an 11-4 win over Detroit. Singleton may have made this team if he were not scheduled to serve a 50-game suspension stemming from a drug test at the end of last season. Still the Astros #1 prospect, Jonathan will probably go to AAA-Oklahome City when his suspension is up, but a short stint back in AA would not be out of the question either. Jason Jaramillo had a single in his only at bat, and Domingo Santana entered the game as a pinch runner, and scored a run. Santana flied out in his only at bat. Santana had a big year in the California League last year and will probably start at AA-Corpus Christi. Jaramillo appears to be in the mix for a minor league assignment, but his major league experience may serve him well if the Astros need it. Jonathan Villar, Josh Zeid, Jarred Cosart, and Sergio Escalona are all still in camp. Villar and Cosart have been assigned to Oklahoma City, but it is unclear to me if Zeid goes with them or to Corpus Christi to satrt. Escalona is recovering from Tommy John surgery and sat out 2012. Call them BlueClawsSouth!
Then, of course, there are the Toronto Blue Jays. There are a similar number of HomeSiders with the Jays, although most of them will start in the minors this season. While Jay Happ has secured himself a spot in the rotation, Anthony Gose has been sent to AAA-Buffalo, Kyle Drabek is on the 60-day DL recovering from surgery, and Bobby Korecky, Kevin Howard, Mike Dubee, and Tyson Brummett were all in camp at some point this spring. The Jays dropped a 7-2 decision to the Phillies in Clearwater. Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown had a hit each, and Derrick Mitchell got into his 3rd game this week as a defensive replacement, then flied out. Freddy Galvis was 0 for 4, playing some third and some shortstop. The Phillies also used Hector Neris to get 2 outs in the 5th inning.
Out in Indians' camp, while Michael Bourn has made the roster, and Lou Marson appears to be a lock, Carlos Carrasco has been sent to Columbus to get regular starts. He will probably be the first one recallled if he is healthy and doing well when the need arises........In Surprise, the Diamondbacks punished the Rangers, 9-3. Tuffy Gosewisch, still in D-Backs' camp, had another hit in his only at bat and is hitting .308 for the Snakes this spring.......In Goodyear, Jason Donald was 0 for 1 and played second base for the Reds in their 8-3 loss to the Royals..............In Scottsdale, the Brewers beat the Rockies 6-2. Josh Outman, who has been optioned to AAA- threw a scoreless inning (1 walk) for the Rockies, and Jesus Sanchez threw a perfect 9th inning for Milwaukee. Sanchez, a converted catcher, has thrown 6 times for the Brewers in major league games, a total of 5.1 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 1walk and 5 Ks.