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.”
You have lined several balls to left-center in the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Is that your natural stroke?
“I just try to stay through baseballs and if they pitch them middle, middle away, you have to try to stay through them so I try to stay the other way. I've worked really hard on being able to hit a few balls on the pull side now, too. You just got to go with the pitch wherever it is.”
Left-center just happens to be the deepest part of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (415 feet).
“It's definitely a big yard, but it also gives me more room to shoot for. You can't worry about home run totals and things like that. You just got put good swings on it. If they fall or go out of the park, it doesn't matter.”
What is your best memory of your time in the major leagues?
“Just making your debut. You dream about it for a long time so when you finally make your debut, you definitely enjoy it and try to take it inasmuch as you can before the game starts. That first (game) is definitely one you cherish.”
What is the best advice you have ever received as a baseball player?
“Just be yourself. You can't try to do too much and you can't be someone your not.”
What is the favorite ballpark you have played in?
“I would say the Diamondbacks in Arizona just because I went to Arizona State. Getting the chance to be there for a lot of games when I was in college and then getting the chance to take the field and play there is pretty special.”
Who serves the best pregame meals in the majors?
“I would say Philadelphia. They will cook anything you want.”
What is your favorite baseball movie?
“The Natural. He was a left-handed hitter and it was about playing the game for the right reasons.”