The 6’2” 252 Lbs 1B and former 1st round selection in 2008 is back in the bigs. Who are we talking about? None other than Brett Wallace down in Houston. With a career line of 57 HR, 221 RBI and a .303 Average through his Minor League career the often traded (St. Louis to Oakland to Toronto to Houston) slugger will get a 2nd chance to prove himself while El Cabio is out with a bad hammy.
He was given the starting 1B gig last year but didn’t produce the power numbers Houston wanted from the 1B position. He finished the year with 89 starts at 1B but could only muster a line of 9 HR and 29 RBI with an OPS of .703. He was sent back to Triple A where he hit .356 for the remainder of 2011 with an OPS of .917
Since Houston is in a youth movement and Carlos Lee is a prime candidate to get moved at the trade deadline, Wallace should be at the 1st base bag the remainder of the year. In his first 3 games back in Houston he has reached base 8 out of 13 plate appearances with a double and is hitting .500.
If you are in a deep league and need every day at bats, Wallace is a good pick up. Will the power appear this year as many of the teams that have rostered him have hoped? That is to be seen. The left handed hitting 25 year old may finally be coming into his own. His swing reminds me a lot of Billy Butler and we know he can hit. I picked Wallace up in one league at CI and will watch his progress over the next month.