2008 ranking: Not applicable
School: Arizona State University
Became a Cardinal: Selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Selected 2008 stats
Staff comments (individual rankings in parens)
Dustin Mattison (2): It had been years since the Cardinals had a pick as high as it did in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The team made the most of it with the drafting of Wallace who was considered to be one of the most advanced hitters in all of the draft. All he did after turning professional was hit.
The Cardinals aggressively sent him to the Midwest League to start his career and he performed beyond expectations. His stay in the Quad Cities was brief, as he would soon find himself in Springfield. Though it was a small sample size, Wallace performed even better against the advanced Texas League pitching. Staying with its aggressive theme, the organization sent him to the Arizona Fall League. Back in the state where he was a college All-American, he more than held his own against some of the best prospects in the game.
Wallace projects to hit for both average and power at the big league level. Scouts are not convinced that he will be able to stay at third but the Cardinals' brass believe that he will. Reports are that though not pretty, he made all the plays on defense. He should start the year at Springfield but don't expect him to end the season in the Ozarks.
Ray Mileur (2): Described as a pure hitter by scouts, Wallace is the real deal. He hit a combined .337 between Quad Cities (41 games) and Springfield (13 games) with eight home runs and 36 RBIs. Brett played for the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League after the end of the Springfield Cardinals season. The Cardinals were satisfied with how Wallace played in the AFL, despite a slow start and struggling against left-handers. The Cardinals 2008 first-round draft pick, earned a couple of Birdhouse awards including; Scout.com Cards MiLB Rookie Hitter of the Year 2008, & Scout.com Card MiLB Player of the Month August, 2008, to go along with the AFL Rising Star and All-Prospect Team honors. Ranked by MiLB as the nation's 42nd Top Prospect in their Top 50 rankings, Wallace has an All-Star-caliber bat at third base, who may never win a Gold Glove, but will likely to continue to play at third anyway with his bat carrying him to the big leagues.
Message board community (2): The guy can hit. Can he play 3rd is the question everyone wants answered. Actually there are several other questions that really need to be answered about Wallace and hopefully this year will go a long way towards doing that. How much power will he actually have? How much plate discipline does he really have? Those are two of the key ones.
Wallace´s starting location for 2009 may depend as much on other players (such as David Freese and Allen Craig) as much as on anything he himself does in the spring. All things considered though, Wallace should start 2009 at AA Springfield and advance from there depending on how he performs. - CariocaCardinal
Brian Walton (2): Originally, I resisted rumors that the Cardinals want to have Wallace play some time in left field in the spring. Now that it has been confirmed, I am a bit concerned. I had hoped they would give Wallace every single inning available at third base to become as comfortable there as possible.
So far, in year one of Wallace's pro career, everyone did everyone right. I really hope that continues. Wallace signed relatively quickly, did well in A-ball and produced when getting an injury break in covering for Craig with Springfield.
Ahead of Freese and Craig, Wallace was sent by the organization to the Arizona Fall League, the top prospect showcase in baseball. After a bit of a slow start, Wallace rebounded nicely against the high level of competition there. Probably as importantly, Wallace impressed his AFL and Springfield manager, Ron "Pop" Warner, with his defense. I liked what I saw, too.
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