After seven games played, 17 strike outs, and one hit in 27 plate appearances, the Astros optioned first baseman Brett Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and it comes a great news to me. I feel that Brett Wallace is on limited time in the Major Leagues and that he just isn’t going to pan out to be the highly touted prospect he once was. He’s had somewhat of a successful tenure in Houston, but I feel compelled to believe that he was transferred around from one organization to the next while never making an appearance at the Major League level is one of the more pieces of condemning evidence from early on the Brett Wallace was doomed to be a dud. I feel much more comfortable with Carlos Pena being at first base over Wallace, and even Chris Carter would be a better choice, in my opinion. After current highly touted prospect Jonathon Singleton had a breakout season in Double-A Corpus Christi, I came to the conclusion that barring an outstanding 2013 season, Brett Wallace was on borrowed time at the first base position in Houston, and the suspension of Singleton benefited Wallace as he was given sort of worry free situation about being able to hold onto the starting job at first without Singleton behind him, lurking and waiting for his chance to take the job away.
As expected, Wallace managed to falter, faltering worse than I could have imagined, he had a horrendous start of the season at the plate, and maybe this optioning could benefit him, I’m not really sure what his problem could be other than a lack of plate discipline, and misreading pitches coming his way. By the All-Star break, I think that Singleton will be the Astros starter at first base and I feel Singleton has earned and deserves a chance to make his Major League debut by about that time. I’m unsure where Wallace could end up, but judging by the way he has started the year, Wallace’s days as a part of the Astros organization are numbered to about the time the Mid-Summer Classic rolls around.
The Astros have also called up a guy with great potential in Brandon Laird, playing in only a handful of game in his Major League career, Laird impressed Astros skipper Bo Porter in Spring Training and barely missed the cut of making the 25 man roster, being told that he would indeed be needed in Houston soon. Laird, called up on Thursday when Wallace was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, joined the club on Friday after hitting .353 with five doubles, two homers and 14 RBIs in 12 games with the RedHawks. He had a very impressive spring with the Astros, hitting .328 with three doubles, five homers and 12 RBIs in 29 games, but still called into Porter’s office and sent down. I’m looking forward to seeing Laird bringing a fresh bat to the Astros and have a successful tenure on this call-up. I hope he can find a place in Houston, and earn some more playing time with the big league club, I think he can pick up where he left off with the club in the spring and stay on the 25 man roster.
A weird tidbit after all the dust settled from the Astros’ number of transactions: the Astros played Friday’s game with 24 players on their active roster. They designated left-handed pitcher Xavier Cedeno for assignment on Thursday to open up a spot on the 40-man roster, calling up Brandon Laird, and they had yet to replace that spot. Manager Bo Porter said someone would be added following Friday’s game. I’m curious about who this could be, and we may hear an announcement made before Saturday’s game and maybe even see whomever the Astros slate for promotion will play on Saturday, knowing the Astros organization, they’ve already made their mind, informed the player, made travel arrangements, and will have him on he first flight into Houston, with the announcement coming promptly.
– Richard Perez