Rising Star - Brett Wallace

It has not taken long for the 13th overall pick in the 2008 draft to become acclimated to the Midwest League. 3B Brett Wallace went 0-for-2 with two walks in his pro debut on July 2, but the Arizona State product has hit safely in seven consecutive games since.

Wallace is batting .360 (9-25) with three doubles, two homers, seven runs, and six RBI in the process. The first-round pick has not exactly become a favorite of opposing pitchers either, having been hit by a pitch three times already through just eight pro games.

Selected by St. Louis in the 1st round (13th overall) of the 2008 draft out of Arizona State; Wallace was selected by TOR in 42nd round in ‘05 but did not sign, which turned out to be good news for the Cardinals.

Considered one of the best pure hitters in the 2008 draft, I was a little surprised Wallace was available as the 13th overall pick. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Wallace was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year while winning Pac-10 Triple Crown and leading ASU to Pac-10 championship in both 2007 (.404-16-78) and 2008 (.410-22-83).

The Quad Cities third baseman hit .398 in three seasons at ASU for 2nd highest career batting average, adding 45 HR, 193 RBI, 193 R, and 40 doubles.

After having been a semi-finalist in 2007, Wallace is one of five finalists for the 2008 Golden Spikes Award, designating the nation's best amateur baseball player. This year's winner will be announced on July 16 following Major League Baseball's All-Star Week festivities in New York City.

A hit tonight would move him into a tie for the longest hitting streak by a River Bandit this season.

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