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Brett Wallace 1BBlue Jays

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 27)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
342 .246 11 37 43 0 .260 0.4
Birth Date8-26-1986
Height6' 2"
Weight235 lbs
Age28 years, 1 months, 29 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.42010
0.12011
0.32012
-0.22013
0.42014
+proj
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 HOU 23 51 159 144 14 32 6 1 2 46 8 50 7 0 0 13 0 0 .222 .296 .319 .243 2.1 1.7 0.4
2011 HOU 24 115 378 336 37 87 22 0 5 124 36 91 3 2 1 29 1 1 .259 .334 .369 .246 -6.6 7.7 0.1
2012 HOU 25 66 254 229 24 58 10 1 9 97 18 73 6 1 0 24 0 0 .253 .323 .424 .265 3.7 -0.8 0.3
2013 HOU 26 79 285 262 35 58 14 1 13 113 18 104 5 0 0 36 1 1 .221 .284 .431 .253 -1.1 -1.1 -0.2
Career31110769711102355232938080318213110222.242.313.391.252-2.07.50.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 QUD A 41 177 .342 .259 .330 .382 .266 .388 96 14.5 4.9 0.2 -1.1 -1.4 22.7 2.2 22.7 2.2
2008 SFD AA 13 57 .391 .279 .349 .425 .286 .385 86 7.5 1.5 0 -0.2 0.4 8.8 0.9 8.8 0.9
2009 SFD AA 32 154 .261 .269 .348 .391 .252 .348 118 0.1 4.1 0.4 -0.1 -3.9 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2009 MEM AAA 62 243 .287 .269 .334 .408 .271 .339 81 7.1 7.0 0.3 1.0 -2.5 11.0 1.2 11.0 1.2
2009 SAC AAA 44 203 .313 .272 .341 .422 .275 .346 89 13.1 6.7 0 -5.2 -0.7 17.9 1.2 17.9 1.2
2010 HOU MLB 51 159 .243 .258 .322 .404 .268 .326 92 -2.8 4.4 -2.8 1.7 0.2 2.1 0.4 2.1 0.4
2010 LVG AAA 95 423 .266 .281 .349 .442 .270 .345 114 2.8 12.8 -8.2 -0.8 -0.2 6.5 0.5 6.5 0.5
2011 HOU MLB 115 378 .246 .254 .315 .397 .260 .339 101 -5 10.2 -6.2 7.7 -3.9 -6.6 0.1 -6.6 0.1
2011 OKL AAA 28 126 .326 .296 .362 .466 .268 .456 100 9.8 3.9 -2.5 0.6 -0.1 12.0 1.2 12.0 1.2
2011 ESC Wnt 20 71 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .194 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 HOU MLB 66 254 .265 .252 .311 .401 .257 .331 101 1.3 7.0 -3.9 -0.8 -1.3 3.7 0.3 3.7 0.3
2012 OKL AAA 86 351 .297 .273 .341 .427 .269 .370 100 14.6 10.4 -1.4 3.4 -3.9 18.1 2.1 18.1 2.1
2013 HOU MLB 79 285 .253 .250 .312 .393 .261 .310 99 -1.9 7.5 -4 -1.1 -1.0 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2013 OKL AAA 60 261 .324 .262 .333 .399 .265 .425 99 18.1 7.5 -3.8 -1.8 1.0 22.4 2.1 22.4 2.1
2014 BUF AAA 38 151 .311 .250 .317 .383 .246 .387 97 8.8 4.5 -2.9 0.8 -1.4 8.9 1.0 8.9 1.0
2014 NOR AAA 90 374 .254 .261 .334 .391 .252 .343 100 -2.6 11.2 -6.4 0.8 -0.9 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 QUD A 177 28 50 8 1 5 25 17 32 0 0 .327 .418 .490 .163 .342 22.7 -1.1 2.2
2008 SFD AA 57 13 18 5 0 3 11 2 7 0 0 .367 .456 .653 .286 .391 8.8 -0.2 0.9
2009 MEM AAA 243 22 65 11 0 6 19 15 42 0 1 .293 .349 .423 .131 .287 11.0 1.0 1.2
2009 SAC AAA 203 32 55 10 0 9 28 14 40 1 1 .302 .368 .505 .203 .313 17.9 -5.2 1.2
2009 SFD AA 154 22 36 5 0 5 16 18 34 0 0 .281 .403 .438 .156 .261 -0.2 -0.1 -0.0
2010 LVG AAA 423 64 116 24 1 18 61 27 83 1 1 .301 .361 .509 .208 .266 6.5 -0.8 0.5
2010 HOU MLB 159 14 32 6 1 2 13 8 50 0 0 .222 .296 .319 .097 .243 2.1 1.7 0.4
2011 ESC Wnt 71 8 9 2 0 2 9 16 16 0 0 .173 .366 .327 .154 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011 OKL AAA 126 16 37 10 0 1 24 15 28 1 0 .356 .437 .481 .125 .326 12.0 0.6 1.2
2011 HOU MLB 378 37 87 22 0 5 29 36 91 1 1 .259 .334 .369 .110 .246 -6.6 7.7 0.1
2012 OKL AAA 351 54 93 16 0 16 57 27 87 0 1 .300 .379 .506 .206 .297 18.1 3.4 2.1
2012 HOU MLB 254 24 58 10 1 9 24 18 73 0 0 .253 .323 .424 .170 .265 3.7 -0.8 0.3
2013 OKL AAA 261 36 76 16 2 11 37 24 69 1 0 .326 .398 .554 .227 .324 22.4 -1.8 2.1
2013 HOU MLB 285 35 58 14 1 13 36 18 104 1 1 .221 .284 .431 .210 .253 -1.1 -1.1 -0.2
2014 BUF AAA 151 12 43 5 0 7 23 15 33 0 0 .323 .404 .519 .195 .311 8.9 0.8 1.0
2014 NOR AAA 374 50 90 12 0 10 35 29 98 0 1 .265 .329 .389 .124 .254 2.6 0.8 0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 625 0.4432 0.5088 0.7579 0.6534 0.3937 0.8619 0.6204 0.2421
2011 1558 0.4564 0.4682 0.7517 0.6512 0.3140 0.8704 0.5451 0.2483
2012 995 0.4462 0.4543 0.6748 0.6284 0.3140 0.8029 0.4682 0.3252
2013 1140 0.4632 0.5013 0.6725 0.6705 0.3546 0.7966 0.4700 0.3275
Career43180.45390.47960.7140.65140.33630.83410.51850.286

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-03-22 2013-03-23 Camp 1 0 - Neck Pinched Nerve - -
2011-04-29 2011-04-29 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Contusion - -
2010-06-28 2010-07-07 Minors 9 0 Right Wrist Soreness -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 HOU $495,000
2011 HOU $418,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$913,000
3 yrTotal$913,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 67 dDan Lozano1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). DFA by Houston 2/6/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 2/12/14. Released by Houston 3/12/14. Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 3/23/14 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Baltimore 7/14/14.
  • 1 year/$0.495M (2013). Re-signed by Houston 3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Houston 2/18/12.
  • 1 year/$0.418M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 2/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Acquired by Houston in trade from Toronto 7/28/10 (Anthony Gose). Contract purchased by Houston 7/31/10.
  • Acquired by Oakland in trade from St. Louis 7/24/09 (Matt Holliday deal). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Oakland 12/16/09 (Michael Taylor).
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2008 (1-13) (Arizona State). Signed 6/08, $1.84M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 304 36 76 15 1 11 41 25 82 1 0 .279 .352 .463 .292 12.9 3B -1, 1B 0 1.4
80o 285 33 69 14 1 10 37 22 79 0 0 .266 .338 .442 .281 8.8 3B 0, 1B 0 0.9
70o 272 30 63 12 1 9 35 21 76 0 0 .257 .328 .427 .272 6.2 3B 0, 1B 0 0.6
60o 261 28 59 12 1 8 32 19 74 0 0 .250 .319 .414 .265 4.1 3B 0, 1B 0 0.4
50o 250 26 55 11 1 8 30 18 72 0 0 .243 .311 .402 .258 2.3 3B 0, 1B 0 0.2
40o 239 25 51 10 1 7 29 17 70 0 0 .236 .302 .390 .251 0.6 3B 0, 1B 0 0.0
30o 228 23 47 9 1 7 27 15 67 0 0 .228 .294 .378 .244 -1.0 3B 0, 1B 0 -0.1
20o 215 21 43 9 0 6 24 14 64 0 0 .219 .283 .363 .235 -2.7 3B 0, 1B 0 -0.3
10o 196 18 36 7 0 5 21 12 60 0 0 .207 .269 .343 .224 -4.7 3B 0, 1B 0 -0.5
Weighted Mean2532756111831187200.245.313.406.2602.83B 0, 1B 00.3

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
7% 32% 11% 22% 65%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201528250315412083018710.244.313.409.2611.19.6-1.3-3.013.60.30.1
201629250305411072818710.238.306.386.2530.76.2-1.3-3.014.9-4.40.1
201730554671182301864401610.235.303.387.2510.00.2-2.8-6.914.9-5.10.2
20183140348851601245301200.233.302.375.2480.10.6-2.0-5.114.9-7.20.1
201932631761322501972481810.233.304.379.249-0.3-3.1-3.2-8.214.9-6.70.2
20203339146831601143291080.234.301.373.247-0.0-0.1-2.0-5.214.9-7.90.1
202134638751362401870461780.236.303.372.247-0.5-4.9-3.2-8.614.9-8.00.2
202235621711292201766451730.230.297.359.241-0.9-8.1-3.1-8.614.9-11.30.2
202336631721302301767451780.228.296.358.239-1.0-9.4-3.2-8.914.9-12.20.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
48.5109.114.2645.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 88 Travis Ishikawa 2011 .000 DNP
2 83 Jeff Baker 2008 .254
3 82 Ryan Shealy 2007 .201
4 82 Wilson Betemit 2009 .195
5 80 Jeff Clement 2011 .000 DNP
6 80 Kendrys Morales 2010 .299
7 80 Jonny Gomes 2008 .237
8 80 Mike Carp 2013 .322
9 79 Victor Diaz 2009 .000 DNP
10 79 Chris Shelton 2007 .000 DNP
11 78 Chris Johnson 2012 .268
12 78 Ryan Garko 2008 .264
13 78 Ian Stewart 2012 .222
14 77 Brandon Moss 2011 -.061
15 77 Scott Hairston 2007 .267
16 77 Cody Ross 2008 .279
17 77 Mat Gamel 2013 .000 DNP
18 77 Matt LaPorta 2012 .208
19 77 Brad Eldred 2008 .000 DNP
20 77 Nick Evans 2013 .000 DNP
21 77 Trevor Plouffe 2013 .261
22 77 Steve Pearce 2010 .322
23 77 Josh Fields 2010 .264
24 77 Todd Frazier 2013 .260
25 77 Jake Fox 2010 .227
26 77 Tyler Colvin 2013 .170
27 76 Brennan Boesch 2012 .235
28 76 John Bowker 2011 .153
29 76 Nelson Cruz 2008 .328
30 76 Brandon Wood 2012 .000 DNP
31 76 Jeff Larish 2010 .199
32 76 Laynce Nix 2008 .065
33 76 Daniel Dorn 2012 .000 DNP
34 75 Geovany Soto 2010 .321
35 75 Seth Loman 2013 .000 DNP
36 75 Adam Lind 2011 .260
37 75 Joe Koshansky 2009 .000 DNP
38 75 Jason Kubel 2009 .302
39 75 Andy Marte 2011 .000 DNP
40 75 Mitch Moreland 2013 .269
41 75 Ian Gac 2013 .000 DNP
42 75 Chase Headley 2011 .291
43 75 Justin Huber 2010 .000 DNP
44 74 Larry Broadway 2008 .000 DNP
45 74 Jordan Lennerton 2013 .000 DNP
46 74 Chris Heisey 2012 .253
47 74 Juan Miranda 2010 .235
48 74 Mo Vaughn 1995 .307
49 74 Ryan Strieby 2013 .000 DNP
50 74 Matthew Brown 2010 .000 DNP
51 74 Don Mincher 1965 .306
52 74 Sean Rodriguez 2012 .225
53 74 Mike Jacobs 2008 .275
54 74 Brandon Boggs 2010 .036
55 74 Travis Buck 2011 .231
56 74 Adam LaRoche 2007 .267
57 74 Kevin West 2007 .000 DNP
58 74 Reynaldo Rodriguez 2013 .000 DNP
59 74 J.T. Wise 2013 .000 DNP
60 74 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2012 .265
61 74 Carlos Delgado 1999 .299
62 74 Mauro Gomez 2012 .257
63 74 Adrian Gonzalez 2009 .341
64 73 Tommy Everidge 2010 .000 DNP
65 73 Leon Durham 1985 .275
66 73 Chris Lubanski 2012 .000 DNP
67 73 Brett Carroll 2010 .247
68 73 Clete Thomas 2011 .000 DNP
69 73 Jim Gentile 1961 .363
70 73 Dan Johnson 2007 .280
71 73 Boog Powell 1969 .337
72 73 Jared Clark 2013 .000 DNP
73 73 Mark Hamilton 2012 .000 DNP
74 73 Cody Overbeck 2013 .000 DNP
75 73 Josh Donaldson 2013 .326
76 73 Brian Dopirak 2011 .000 DNP
77 73 Steven Hill 2012 .246
78 73 J.P. Arencibia 2013 .217
79 73 Mike Epstein 1970 .300
80 73 Jason Thompson 1982 .311
81 73 Lucas Duda 2013 .286
82 73 Chris Davis 2013 .358
83 72 Jason Botts 2008 .251
84 72 Brandon Allen 2013 .000 DNP
85 72 Gaby Sanchez 2011 .290
86 72 Seth Smith 2010 .272
87 72 Willie Aikens 1982 .283
88 72 Erubiel Durazo 2001 .302
89 72 Matt Rizzotti 2013 .000 DNP
90 72 Curtis Granderson 2008 .296
91 72 Scott Moore 2011 .000 DNP
92 72 Justin Morneau 2008 .304
93 72 Brock Peterson 2011 .000 DNP
94 72 Alex Gordon 2011 .303
95 72 Tony Clark 1999 .279
96 72 Kevin Maas 1992 .267
97 72 Shin-Soo Choo 2010 .305
98 72 Scott Sizemore 2012 .000 DNP
99 72 Ernesto Mejia 2013 .000 DNP
100 71 Brendan Harris 2008 .255

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .191 .240 .299 .195
11 vs R (Multi) .248 .319 .445 .266
18 Split (Multi) .057 .079 .147 .071
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .143 .200 .250 .156
31 vs R (2013) .243 .307 .481 .273
38 Split (2013) .100 .107 .231 .117
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Twenty-seven first basemen (primary position) had 250 plate appearances and a .260 or higher TAv in 2012. That Wallace was barely among that group suggests he wasn't overly disappointing compared to his peers and borders on starter-quality at the position. But 2012 was a terrible season for first basemen. Also, the changes Wallace made in his approach that allowed him to pummel Triple-A pitching for over 170 PA seemed to be countered by adjustments from the pitching universe down the stretch: He had just 14 hits and 26 strikeouts in his final 82 PA. Despite weight loss, Wallace doesn't contribute anywhere but the batter's box: sub-par at first base and a nightmare at third. He's likely to get some playing time until Singleton proves that Triple-A can't contain him, but to become more than a pinch-hitter Wallace will have to do more with this chance than be a top-30 hitter among a terrible first-base crop.
2012 Wallace hit .356/.437/.481 for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2011, showing the sweet line-drive swing that's had him on prospect radars since high school. Unfortunately for Wallace, the naysayers were right all along, and he's firmly entrenched at first base defensively (i.e. no longer a third baseman), and was only playing for Oklahoma City because he failed to hold the major-league job despite the team's humble expectations for the 2011 season. The Astros still want him to claim first base, but with J.D. Martinez setting up camp in left field and Carlos Lee shifted to first, Wallace is going to have to have a white-hot spring training—akin to the .388/.458/.529 he hit in April—to avoid padding his Quadruple-A résumé at the start of the 2012 season.
2011 Few prospects have bounced around like Wallace has since his selection by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2008 draft, as a series of organizations have acquired him with high hopes only to sour on his future after observing him over an extended period. The Astros became the fourth organization he's fooled last July after trading outfielder Anthony Gose—whom they had acquired from the Phillies in the Roy Oswalt deal just minutes earlier—to the Blue Jays for Wallace, who was in the midst of a middling PCL performance. The portly southpaw showed almost nothing at the plate in his major-league debut, which didn't come as a complete shock given his merely adequate minor-league performances in recent seasons. As a bat-only prospect at a premium offensive position, Wallace has to mash to fulfill his potential, but his ceiling now appears to be that of a gap hitter with little foot speed and a reputation for selectivity that is wholly imaginary, an unimpressive profile that already has his new team pondering the possibility of trying left fielder Carlos Lee at first this spring. The best-case scenario is that the man they call "The Walrus" turns out to be the next Kevin Youkilis, but that's about as likely as the Walrus having actually been Paul.
2010 Wallace gets a lot of hype as a hitting machine, but when you add up his three stops in the minors last year, you get a line of .293/.367/.455. That's certainly good, especially for a player at Double- and Triple-A in his first full season, but it's hardly worthy of the attention he gets. Even more troubling is his defense. When Toronto traded Michael Taylor for him as part of the Halladay/Lee off-season orgy, they all but admitted that he's a first baseman. That's a position where mashing is the bare minimum, but the consistently overrated "Walrus" really won't be much of an upgrade over incumbent Lyle Overbay.
2009 Wallace won two Pac-10 Triple Crowns while at Arizona State and put up a 1279 OPS for the Devils last season, but concern about the slugger's lumpy build and subpar athleticism kept him out of the draft's top tier. The Cardinals struck with the 13th pick, and Wallace rewarded them with what was unquestionably the most impressive pro debut of any 2008 draftee. He hit so well in the Midwest League that St. Louis jumped him past High-A up to the Texas League, where Wallace raked at an even more furious pace. His minimal range and questionable arm will most likely consign him to first base in the future, so he would be a better fit on a non-Pujols team, but he's hit so well that the Cardinals are content to let him slug first and ask defensive questions later, retaining him at the more difficult position until a move is truly necessary.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Houston DFA'ing Brett Wallace on Friday, do you think Jon Singleton has a shot to start the year in the big leagues?
(Justin from Chicago, IL)
No, I don't think so. He really struggled in the minors last year, and I don't think it's the message the Astros want to send. Smoke weed, get suspended, show up fat and struggle, have a good winter, make the major league roster. For an organization that is putting all its eggs in the basket of developing a young nucleus, that's not the message I'd want to send to the rest of talent. I'd make him wait and prove in Triple-A that he really wants to be a big league ballplayer. That may be the college coach in be talking, however. (Jeff Moore)
2013-09-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will the real Astros 1b of the future please stand up? Looking at you Chris Carter Brett Wallace and Jonathan singleton
(Tim from Walla walla)
Singleton will be the first baseman.

Wallace is on borrowed time. As much as I like the approach, he still has too many deficiencies. Carter is the DH now that they're allowed to have one. He should not be a fielder and absolutely should not be an outfielder. (Zachary Levine)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Brett Wallace struggles next year (his K% makes one think he might) and Jonathan Singleton is tearing up AAA (off to a nice AFL start right now), how soon before we see him get the call?
(Ashitaka1110 from Houston, TX)
I know a guy in the Astros front office. I'll ask around.... (Jason Parks)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)What in the world happened to Brett Wallace? This site and Baseball America hyped him up as a plus plus college bat before he was drafted.
(Gaby from Houston)
I think he was. He didn't make the secondary and tertiary adjustments that are necessary to find success at the major league level. They adjusted to him, and he was left twisting in the wind. If the bat speed can return to form, he can rebound. (Jason Parks)
2011-07-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does it seem stupid that the Astros are handpicking matchups for Brett Wallace rather than letting him develop on a terrible, terrible team? Stupid management.
(Smallville from Smallville)
It does seem stupid, but I do think what we are seeing is Wallace's true ability as a .280+ hitter without the power to profile for the position. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Injuries are plaguing my team at the moment. - Joe Mauer - Pablo Sandoval - Andrew Bailey - And now Ike Davis Which first baseman do you think will have the most value in the short term? - Brett Wallace (who I picked up and can quickly drop) - Mitch Moreland - Eric Hosmer
(HonusCobb from Hopedale, IL)
I'll jump on the Eric Hosmer bandwagon here. He's made a pretty smooth transition to the major leagues and is also showing power. I like Wallace a lot, too, but he plays on a bad team, which cuts down on his RBI opportunities. (John Perrotto)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm a big Hunter Pence fan. His line has been extremely consistent these last 3 years and I was wondering if there's any chance a big breakout year is in his future. Or is he destined to hit 280 with 25 hrs and 80 rbi's every year?
(Brian Morgan from Chicago, ill.)
Pence has been consistent in the power and slugging department each of the last three seasons (SLG in the .460-.470 range) and his OBP seems secure in the .325-.330 range as I consider his 2009 walk rate to be more fluky than indicative. His RBI numbers may improve from a fantasy standpoint if players like Brett Wallace and Chris Johnson can be effective, but Pence sure seems like a lock for a .280/.330/.470 line with 25 HR, 80 RBI, and 15 SB. (Eric Seidman)
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)The White Sox didn't get Adam Dunn, and I must admit that I'm a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I'll give you a topic: The Disastros seemed to have actually helped themselves at this year's trade deadline. Discuss.
(Linda Richman from Coffee Talk)
I'm not buying it. At least they might have been able to sell a few tickets 2011 with the last big bits left from their mid-Aughties contenders. They're mid-pack at ~25,000 now, but who's going to buy a season ticket package to see a bad team whose highlights include hoping Brett Wallace can be the new Lyle Overbay? Their record might not be that much worse next year over this, but the deals didn't save Drayton McLane all that much money, the talent received isn't going to help them win, and the product went from bad and ex-famous to bad and boring. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)supposedly the Astros dealt Gose to the Jays for Brett Wallace...if so, it seems like the Astros got the best of that, no?
(uptick from st. louis)
Yeah, wow! A lot happening while I'm chatting here. I'd love to hear Kevin's take on this. I'm not sure what to say about it myself, because I'm afraid that I'm not valuing these guys correctly. (Matt Swartz)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)Astros flip Gose to Blue Jays for Brett Wallace. Does this signal that they are actively shopping Berkman much more than anyone thought?
(Lane from Austin)
They certainly should be shopping Berkman. He's not going to be part of the next contending Astros squad, and he has some value. I think it probably shows their awareness that they should. Certainly a good sign for Astros fans. (Matt Swartz)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)Looks like the Stros are trading Gose to the Jays for Brett Wallace, does that make it a better deal for them?
(RP from Smugpocalpyse)
Since I just answered a question about this when these both came in, but I love the Location of Smugpocalypse. (Matt Swartz)
2010-07-29 16:30:00 (link to chat)Gose flipped for Brett Wallace. Can he even play 1b?
(Silv from NY, NY)
Adam Dunn plays first base, and supposedly isn't even that bad at it right now. If anything, Brett Wallace seems very trade-able if the 1B experiment doesn't work. (Matt Swartz)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, I was a little surprised to find Brett Wallace absent from the midseason top 11. Are you concerned by the Vegas-inflated numbers? Or has he tailed off while I wasn't paying attention? Seems like we haven't heard much about him lately in the Future Shock updates. Thanks for all the good work, as usual.
(bctowns from Chicago, IL)
I'm just not that big a fan. He's a good average first baseman with a good-not-great walk rate and below average power for the position. I don't see an impact player there. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-06-07 18:30:00 (link to chat)How does Z Cox compare to Brett Wallace seeing who took him?
(ofMontreal from Ithaca )
Not completely dissimilar, at least Cox can play third base. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)with overbay, looking rather pitiful, will toronto be bringing wallace up, or are they so hung up on this clubhouse camaraderie they let one of the best hitting prospects waste away in the minors?
(mjk415 from elmhurst,il)
Overbay is the replacement level for first basemen, so even if he tells the absolute greatest jokes of all time in addition to providing psychological counseling to teammates as well as being the godfather to their children, there is no way Alex Anthopolous will hold back Brett Wallace for a guaranteed .265/.340/.445 with average defense. (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Brett Wallace: Offensive dynamo or younger, cheaper Lyle Overbay?
(Aaron from YYZ)
You stole my Brett Wallace comp! (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-03-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Most rankings seem to have Michael Taylor and Brett Wallace very close, whereas you have them 24 spots apart. What differences between them do you see that others are missing?
(mbring from St. Cloud, MN)
I haven't seen a lot of other rankings, I'm guess I have Wallace lower than most. He's a first baseman with on-base skills but not crazy power for the position, nor even the kind of power you need to star at the position. I just don't think he's a star there. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you feel, given the succession of events, about trading CarGo, Street, and Smith for Michael Taylor?
(tommy from Fremont)
A lot better about it than I did trading CarGo and two years of Street for Brett Wallace. Either way, Greg Smith's what, a party favor? (Christina Kahrl)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Brett Wallace is the next...?
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Better than Lyle Overbay, but not quite John Olerud. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of the middle of the Jays lineup with the addition of Brett Wallace? Lind/Snider/Wallace (in some order) Do you see as many RBIs as I anticipate?
(Stevealicious from Planet Lovetron)
RBI? Is this Omar Minaya asking me advice about his fantasy team?

Between the current presence of Lyle Overbay and the fact that Wallace could still use a bit of minor league seasoning, I'm skeptical that they'll start the year with such a lineup. I also think that if they put those three in a row, the number of GIDP will add up. We are talking about a guy whose nickname is the Walrus, after all.

OK, lightning round... (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Liking the reported swap of Brett Wallace for Taylor
(DavidK44 from NYC)
Awaiting the outcome, but intrigued. On the other hand, I'd wonder if this wouldn't make Wallace the new CarGo or Carlos Pena, and a lock as a future star once he's in somebody else's organization. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, when do you think Chris Carter and Brett Wallace will hit the majors?
(jonwakelin from chicago)
At some point in 2010, but not Opening Day. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)3 questions you'll probably be able to answer in 6 words or less. What position does Chris Carter play in Oakland? What about Brett Wallace? And when does Grant Green reach Oakland?
(Nate from Sacramento)
First base; third base (for now); 2012, maybe end of 2011. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)With the benefit of hindsight, and the usual caveats that the post season is basically a crapshoot, how do you think the Cardinals' decision to trade half of their farm system for possible rentals worked out? Did they get enough value from Holliday and DeRosa (we will not speak of Khalil Greene...) to justify the depletion of the farm?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I think it's important not to overstate the penalty of what was a sensible aggressiveness in trying to win now. Chris Carpenter was healthy, after all, and how often does that happen? Then, to take the less-charitable view of what they dealt, what is it that they really gave up? If Brett Wallace winds up a first baseman, he was only a bargaining chip for them, and Mortensen and Peterson won't be franchise-breaking deletions from the nest. To get DeRosa, they gave up two live relief arms, yes, but relievers aren't exactly the most reliable commodities. I guess I'm just not quite sure why this is seen as a huge setback--there's a lot of doubt about Wallace's ability to play third, and the rest of the packages involved the kinds of guys good organizations have on hand to employ or trade, as needed. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Last one I'll submit today. Can Brett Wallace make an adequate 3B in the majors? Oakland has several potential 1Bs, in Barton, Everidge, Doolittle, and Carter. And their organizational depth is ridiculously shallow over on the left side of the infield.
(Kelvin from IN)
Well, I think the situation you describe is exactly why he'll get every opportunity to stay there. He's a very weird third baseman in that he's kind of the anti-Ryan Braun. Braun has all of the tools and athleticism to be and above-average 3B, but he's not, for whatever reason you want to throw out there. Wallace on the other hand makes the plays he gets to, has soft hands and a solid-but-unspectacular arm, but his range is just very very short. It's a different kind of measurement. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)With Colby Rasmus and Brett Wallace having moved on, does Shelby Miller go straight to the #1 spot in the Cardinals' system? If not, who does?
(Bill from New Mexico)
He certainly does in my book. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-24 16:30:00 (link to chat)Who do you like better as the top player in the two Holliday deals, Brett Wallace or Carlos Gonzalez?
(acmcdowell from Athens, GA)
In his Single-A stint in 2008 and Double-A stint this year, Wallace has looked like Joe Mauer at the plate, which is certainly solid, but I've heard enough questions about his defense that he seems to be 1B-bound at the MLB level. On that note, if he can sustain patience and develop power, he could be a very productive MLB player. CarGo has been traded about 12 times already and has put up virtually identical OBP/SLG lines in both of his MLB stints so far. I'm always more inclined to take the CF over the 1B, but in this case I'll break from that mold and say Wallace. (Eric Seidman)
2009-07-24 16:30:00 (link to chat)Brett Wallace = Nick Johnson?
(glenihan from nyc)
I don't think it's as linear as an apples-apples comparison but, that's my gist, that Wallace may be that sort of first baseman if he becomes a 1B at the MLB level. Not a TON of power like a traditional first baseman, but good on base numbers, and decent enough slugging to hold down fort. But power develops last for youngsters so he may well be on his way. (Eric Seidman)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Last time I asked about Adrian Cardenas and you weren't too high on him. Now you're skeptical about Chris Carter. Are there any position players in the A's minors you are excited about?
(Dave from Chicago)
From High-A and above, I'm hopeful about Brett Wallace, I like Jemile Weeks and Corey Brown, and I haven't given up on Cunningham or Buck. Josh Horton will be in the shortstop picture at some point, which is worth remembering. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the difference between Brett Wallace and Daric Barton?
(Bill from New Mexico)
The base they're parked at next season. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Cardinals have what it takes to get Halladay? I've got to think Brett Wallace is expendable, but while guys like Jason Motte and Jess Todd are nice pieces, I get the feeling they don't have the kind of starting pitching required to get the deal done. Am I wrong about that?
(David Vines from NYC)
Tons of Halladay-trade scenarios in here.

Two Sundays ago I was on Ken Broo's fine sports show on WLW in Cincinnati -- Ken is a BP fan who knows his stuff -- and Halladay came up. I opined that the Cardinals were a possible destination for him, and that if that happened,it almost ensured the division. While teams like the Indians, Astros and Bruce-less Reds, are better served looking to the future, St. Louis may seriously want to consider such a deal. Wallace has a damn bright future, though. (David Laurila)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Odds on Brett Wallace sticking at 3B? Changed by the Futures game?
(BillJ from White Rock)
How can one game and one play change his odds? (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)OK, I get that one game "shouldn't" impact the evaluation of Brett Wallace's (or anyone else's) defense, even if it's the Futures game. So maybe my real question is: DOES the Futures game have that kind of effect? Are there scouts there who overvalue it?
(BillJ from White Rock)
None that I know of. It's a great opportunity to see a TON of guys in one day, but that's about it. Obviously see Matt Latos throw three times in real games this year is going to tell you far more than one inning on Sunday. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Have you seen Brett Wallace enough to have an opinion if he will or can stay at third base?
(jbuofm from peoria)
I haven't seen him enough, but scouts I talk to certainly have, and they tend to lean towards no. I still think you could see him come up there. He doesn't make embarrassing errors all day -- he actually has soft hands and a decent arm, it's just that he has the range of a lawn ornament. That's the thing that could help him. If he boots a ball, people go crazy; if a ball gets by him that any other third baseman would get to, people don't notice as much. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Give me the team and return for matt holliday by end of july? any brett wallace, yuni escobar type returns?
(pete from chicago)
I hope not Brett Wallace, he'd just add another body to the pile of first base-ish sort of hitter-y sorts of hitters who might be something, and more likely help Sacramento win another title than Oakland. I'd rather see what they might get flipping him for something with better upside from the Mets or Giants (hell, see if that gets you San Jose's territorial rights). (Christina Kahrl)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Kevin, can you give me a update on Brett Wallace? I know he is raking on offense but is his defense getting any better at 3b or are the cards going to have to move him? they really have no room in the of for him and that pujols guy is at first. thanks.
(Nick from Alton, IL)
Since when is .266 raking? Seriously, I have no issue with that bat, but the glove is the same -- makes the plays he gets too, just doesn't get to many of them. (Kevin Goldstein)


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