Sonoma’s Wallace slumps with Astros, sent back to minors
Currently playing for Houston’s triple-A team in Oklahoma City
After starting the season stuck deep below the “Mendoza Line” – under a .200 batting average – as the starting first-baseman for the Houston Astros, Sonoma’s Brett Wallace, steadily improved his hitting and finally broke into the National League’s top-10 for batting with a .324 average at the end of April.
But over the past six weeks, Wallace has been mired in a batting slump which has seen him hit for only .160, which has dropped his average to below .270, with his struggles at the plate leading the Astros to send him back to the minors.
Wallace is now playing for Houston’s Triple-A team in Oklahoma City.
A former high-school (Justin-Siena in Napa) and college (Arizona State University) All-American, Wallace was the first-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals, who originally traded him to the Oakland A’s, where he played at Oakland’s Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. He was then dealt to Toronto, where he played for Blue Jays’ AAA minor league team in Las Vegas prior to being traded to the Astros.