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Astros' Brett Wallace released by Dominican team

Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:46 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2011 11:56 am
Brett WallaceBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Astros' struggles on the field didn't end when the 2011 season was over, as first baseman Brett Wallace was released by Dominican Winer League team Leones del Escogido this week, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Wallace played in 20 games for Escogido, hitting just .173/.366/.327 with two home runs, going 9 for 52 overall with 16 walks and 16 strikeouts. He hasn't played since recording a sacrifice fly for Leones on Nov. 13. The team also has the Giants' Brandon Belt as a first baseman. Belt is hitting .312/.405/.495 with three home runs in 26 games.

Former big-leaguer Moises Alou is Escogido's general manager. 

Wallace hit .259/.334/.369 with five home runs in 115 games for the Astros in 2011. The former first-round pick of the Cardinals was sent to A's in 2009 as part of the trade that brought St. Louis Matt Holliday. He was later sent to Toronto and finally to Houston in return for another prospect, Anthony Gose, in 2010.

The Astros sent Wallace to the minor leagues in August, where he hit well at Triple-A Oklahoma City, after losing the first base job to Carlos Lee.

His winter league performance won't hurt his standing with the team, general manager Ed Wade told the Chronicle, but it can't help his confidence going into 2012.

"He has to come in and win a job," Wade told the newspaper. "Same as if he had hit .400."

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Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:36 am

Astros' Brett Wallace released by Dominican team

Astros moving to the AL might save his job, Carlos Lee is a natural DH. haha

Since: Nov 7, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:17 am

Advicing Brett Wallace

If He wants to save his place in Mlb...just a way for hard all winter at 3rd base!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3rd baseman with some bat(with at least average defense)are so RARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...
a lot of team play below-average player there...Houston's already a clear path to 3rd..Peredes is a utility player and better suited to 2nd
really Brett has to pay me for showing him the way..but Ok...i give him advice free 

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:41 pm

Astros' Brett Wallace released by Dominican team

Even better for Toronto to trade him for Anthony Gose, that kid will be an elite level base stealer and a great center fielder.

Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:03 pm

Astros' Brett Wallace released by Dominican team

Great move on the cardinals part to ship him off. He just hasn't developed like he needs to and its time for him to live up to expections and perform and be the power hitting first basemen like we all thought he would be!

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