Prospect #21 - RHP Brett Wallach

On occasion, a Major League Team will draft a player very late in the process as sort of a legacy, a thank you to someone in the organization who's son is a player. Seldom does the player even sign, realizing the gesture for what it is.

But when you spend your fourth pick on a player, you can bet it isn't an obligation or any sort of nepotism.

So the fact that Brett Wallach's father was former Dodgers' third baseman Tim Wallach, the current manager of the club's Triple-A Albuquerque team, or that his brother Matt is working his way up through the system, you know the name itself isn't the moving force in the important pick.

And it certainly didn't make a difference to Assistant GM-Scouting Logan White. "To be honest, if his name was Jones or Jenkins, we'd still be excited to get him. Having his father and his brother in the organization had no effect at all on us drafting him.

"This kid is lean and lanky and has excellent arm action and an excellent delivery on the mound. He's a good hitter too, and Tom Lasorda thinks he should be a position player, but Wallach loves to pitch. He's got a Hershiser-type sinker and a hard slider, changes speeds well and good mound presence. This kid is going to move very quickly."

Wallach was sent to Ogden in the Pioneer League and got off to a good start in July, recording a 2.70 ERA over five brief starts and striking out eight in 10 innings. But then the league caught up to him and he was 0-1 with a 6+ ERA in August and September.

However, he struck out 38 in only 31 innings, 11.03 per nine innings, while walking only 15.

So his final numbers, 0-1, 5.23 over a dozen starts, doesn't have the glitter you might expect for a player drafted this high. But the Dodgers were pleased with the results and realize that he was both a standout pitcher and hitter for Orange Coast College and it will probably take a little time to switch into a pitcher-only mode.

As starter at Long Beach State, Wallach was 10-1 with a 2.26 earned-run average and four saves for the Pirates. He struck out 111 in 103.2 innings and earned a victory and a save in three state tournament wins in Fresno.

?Coach John Altobelli, who called Wallach the best pitcher he has had in 18 seasons at OCC, said Wallach may also have been the best clutch hitter with two outs and runners in scoring position that he has seen during his tenure at the school. Batting cleanup, he hit .371 with three home runs and 48 runs batted it.

Wallach said his first memories of Major League Baseball chasing down balls during batting practice in Dodger Stadium outfield, as his father, Tim, prepared to help the Dodgers win.?

"I remember shagging at Dodger Stadium," Wallach said of his first memories of his dad's career, which lasted 17 seasons and included five All-Star Game appearances, three Gold Gloves as a third baseman and two Silver Slugger awards (given to the top hitter in each league at each position)

?His father, Tim, played collegiately at Cal State Fullerton, where he won the Golden Spikes award as the nation's top player and helped the Titans claim the program's first NCAA title. He made his big league debut in 1979 and went on to collect 260 home runs, 2,085 hits and 1,125 RBIs in The Show. His lifetime batting average is .257.?

?Matt Wallach, Brett's brother who played at Cypress College and Cal State Fullerton and was not drafted, is played with the Great Lakes Loons, a Class A affiliate of the Dodgers.

BRETT WALLACH  6-1  180  br  tr
Born- December 2, 1988 
School- Orange Coast College, CA

 Team	w-l  era   gm  gs    in   h  bb  so   ave
Ogden	0-1  5.23  12  12  31.0  34  15  38  .279