Birdhouse MiLB "Player of the Month" August

The St. Louis Cardinals 2008 First-round draft pick, taken 13th overall, began the month of August, taking home the "Midwest League Player of the Week" award, for the period of July 28-August 3. He finished the month, about like he started, hitting .400 for Springfield as they battled down the stretch, for a post-season berth.

Just a little over two weeks after his "Midwest League Player of the Week" award, with basically nothing to prove in A-ball, the 22-year-old, third baseman Brett Wallace was promoted from Quad Cities to Double-A Springfield, bypassing A-Advanced Palm Beach entirely. He left behind a line of .327/.428/.490 in 127 at-bats with the River Bandits.

Wallace finished out the month of August, playing 12 games for the Springfield Cardinals, hit .400 (13-for-45) with five doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs. He finished the month with slash stats of .400/.491/.711, pumping some new life into the offense, to help keep the Cardinals in the hunt for a playoff spot until the final week of the regular season.

St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak disclosed earlier in the month that the team will be sending Wallace to play in the Arizona Fall League, the premier prospect showcase, that runs from October 7 through November 22.

Overall, a tremendous month for the Cardinals top pick this year. It's nice having a top tier prospect in the system that you don't have to be sold on, by the organizational talking heads, because Wallace's bat, does all the talking.

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