Fantasy Baseball Preview: Can You Count on Brett Wallace This Year?
Brett Wallace was dealt from the Cardinals to the A’s to the Blue Jays last year. After three solid seasons at Arizona State where he hit .406 with 193 runs, 45 HRs, 193 RBIs, and 31 SBs in 643 ABs, he was selected with the 13th pick in the 2008 draft.
Wallace tore it up for Single-A Quad Cities hitting .327 and Double-A Springfield (.367) in 2008. Last year he held his own hitting .281 with Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis (.293). His average dipped after the first trade (to Oakland) as he hit .271 for Triple-A Sacramento. His combined Triple-A numbers were solid though as he hit .282 with 54 runs, 15 HRs, and 47 RBIs in 425 ABs. Unfortunately the speed he displayed in college didn’t carry over. He’s had just one stolen base in 755 minor league at bats.
With Toronto he’ll get the opportunity to win the DH gig as well as play some first base. There’s a chance he starts the season in Triple-A depending on how he performs this spring. If he tears it up, feel free to take a chance on him at the end of your draft. Otherwise, hold off and play the wait-and-see game with him. In deep keeper leagues, however, he’s an excellent option going forward.
Arizona Diamondbacks: Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles: Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox: Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs: Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox: Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds: Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians: Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
Florida Marlins: Cameron Maybin
Houston Astros: Lance Berkman
Kansas City Royals: Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Howie Kendrick
Los Angeles Dodgers: James Loney
Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Hart
Minnesota Twins: Joe Nathan
New York Mets: Jason Bay
New York Yankees: Robinson Cano
Oakland A’s: Kevin Kouzmanoff
Philadelphia Phillies: Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates: Octavio Dotel
San Diego Padres: Everth Cabrera
San Francisco Giants: Barry Zito
Seattle Mariners: Franklin Gutierrez
St. Louis Cardinals: Colby Rasmus
Tampa Bay Rays: David Price
Texas Rangers: Chris Davis