RedHawks Q&A: Third baseman Brett Wallace
Astros' move to American League in 2013 might benefit Wallace, who is trying to get back to the big leagues.
Brett Wallace was the St. Louis Cardinals first pick in the 2008 draft out of Arizona State and the 13th pick overall.
He has been since been traded three times, first by the Cardinals to Oakland in the Matt Holliday deal and then to Toronto as an offshoot of the Roy Halladay trade.
In 2010, the Houston Astros acquired him in a move indirectly related involving Roy Oswalt. The Astros made the left-handed hitting Wallace their starting first baseman last season. He hit .268 with four homers and 26 RBIs in 101 games for the Astros.
Wallace was demoted to Oklahoma City on Aug. 3, batting. 356 in 28 games with one home run and 28 RBIs.
The Astros moved Wallace to third base in the offseason where he was battling Chris Johnson in spring training to be the starter. Johnson won the job, and Wallace began the 2012 season in Triple A.
Through the first six games for the RedHawks, Wallace is hitting .241 (7 of 29) with four extra base hits, including one homer and six RBIs.
Question: How do you feel about the Astros moving you to third base?
Answer: “I feel good. I came up as a third baseman, so going back seems pretty natural. I take it as another challenge.”
What do you think you have to show the Astros to get another chance in the major leagues?
“I think just to keep working hard and show them some consistency. I think that's the biggest thing they want to see, consistent run production. I think if I do that I will have another shot.”
The Astros are going to need a designated hitter next year with the move to the American League. If you are that guy, would you be happy in that role?
”Yeah. That's the goal, is to be up there and help them win, whether it be as a DH or playing third or first. I don't really care. I just want to be in the lineup.”
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