Astros first base prospect Jonathan Singelton has been suspended twice in the minor leagues for failing drug tests for marijuana. At the time of his second suspension, his official assertion noted a "lapse in judgement," but that truly wasn't true, based on Singleton himself.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Singleton revealed that he was hooked on pot and needed to enter a treatment program.
From the AP article:
"At this level it's fairly evident to me that I am a drug addict," he instructed The Related Press over breakfast on a recent day close to the Astros' camp. "I do not openly inform everybody that, but it surely's fairly apparent to myself."
"I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I get pleasure from being excessive and I can't block that out of my mind that I get pleasure from that," he mentioned. "So I have to work towards that."
"I knew I had a problem," he said. "Even after I failed the second drug test I could not quit smoking weed. It was actually unhealthy. Me going there was positively the perfect move."
He didn't feel that approach when he first entered. Fearing the unknown, he says he did not sleep for three days straight.
"They might turn off the lights at eleven:30 and I might simply sit there and stare at the ceiling as a result of I couldn't fall asleep," he said. "My coronary heart was beating too fast. I might get evening sweats. It was unhealthy. I legitimately went through withdrawal."
Singleton desperately needed to leave and wasn't open to the recovery course of.
"However after I was there for therefore lengthy it just grew on me," he said. "I was like, 'I will be right here for 30 days, so I'd as nicely get the best out of it that I can.' I used it as a learning experience."
Singleton said he has now prevented marijuana for over a 12 months, however he also ran into habit once more within the type of alcohol.
"I went by means of some slight nervousness, some despair because I wasn't being profitable," he mentioned. "That was definitely difficult and that drove me to drink."
He admits to abusing alcohol as a substitute for marijuana, getting drunk virtually day-after-day and "waking up hung over every morning."
The story up to now has a cheerful ending, as Singleton confirmed up for camp clean and in reportedly in fine condition. The AP story additionally pointed out that Singleton is confident he won't relapse and is in a superb place proper now with himself.
As far as on-field efficiency, it is easy to see how he could have been affected last season by the alcohol. He hit220/.340/.347 with six homers in seventy three games in Triple-A. In 2012, he hit284/.396/.497 with 27 doubles and 21 homers in 131 video games for Double-A Corpus Christi. His energy upside – he's 6-foot-2, 235 kilos – is why he is been ranked as a consensus high-30 prospect in all of baseball. He has a shot to open the 2014 season with the Astros, but another stint in Triple-A seems more possible at this juncture.
Staying clean will go a good distance toward him reaching his immense ceiling. Good luck to Singleton on that entrance.