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Brett Wallace released from Dominican Winter League team

Nov 19, 2011, 4:11 PM EST

Brett Wallace AP

The strange voyage of Brett Wallace continues.

Steve Campbell of Houston Chronicle reports that Wallace was recently dropped from his Dominican Winter League team. The 25-year-old batted .173 (9-for-52) with two home runs and nine RBI over 20 games before getting the boot from the Escogido Lions.

Astros general manager Ed Wade, who was busy at the general managers’ meetings this week in Milwaukee, told Campbell that he wasn’t aware of Wallace’s release.

“He’s been struggling down there, and it’s a very competitive environment,” Wade said.

It’s not usual for players to be dropped from winter ball, as teams are there to win as opposed to doing any favors for MLB teams, but this is just the latest turn in a disappointing year for the former top prospect. Wallace left spring training as the starting first baseman, but eventually lost his job to Carlos Lee and was sent back down to the minors in late July. He batted .259/.334/.369 with five home runs, 29 RBI and a .703 OPS over 378 plate appearances at the major league level this season.

Lee, who has one year left on his six-year, $100 million contract, is set to open 2012 as the starting first baseman while Wade says that Wallace will have to “win a job” on the Opening Day roster.

  1. thekingdave - Nov 19, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    And why did Ed Wade trade Anthony Gose for him? The Cards, A’s, and Jays had already taken a pass.

    • dondada10 - Nov 19, 2011 at 5:32 PM

      Good point, but I can still see a team being bullish on Brett Wallace.

  2. thefalcon123 - Nov 19, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Wallace always hit well in the minors…but his power has absolutely evaporated. In over 500 career MLB plate appearances, he hit just 7 home runs. He went deep just 6 times in over 500 PA’s in 2011 between MLB and AAA. He strikes out way to much to maintain a high batting average at this level without power. And powerless .250 hitting 1st baseman aren’t a terribly hot commodity. He’s only 25 and things could turn around…but he is sadly looking like a failed prospect.

  3. stex52 - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Things are worse than the numbers indicate. He started with good batting average but no power. After about swix weeks his average started dropping. He couldn’t touch left handers. If he had not been platooned, I think his numbers would have been worse.

    Beginning to look like one more defeat for Ed Wade.

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