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What teams need an ‘upgrade’ at 1B?? How many of them would consider Wallace an upgrade….I can think of only one team!
My assumption is that the Mets could use him. Better upside than Duda (and a better fielder)
Really, Wallace is not unlike Trevor Plouffe in Minnesota.
then got traded for Michael Choice and then Anthony Gose (both of whom were well-regarded prospects at the time) - I guess I'm not the only one, but I always thought Wallace would turn into a pretty good hitter....
I'd still like to see what he has for myself and feel frustrated by Ike and Duda.
I guess what lent me pause about Wallace was how he reminded me of the kid described above and after the season he had in vegas where a guy I considered no prospect (jp arencibia) outhit him by a good measure. Wallace slugged .509 while arencibia slugged over .600 and when I saw jp play in the minors he swung his bat like someone being attacked by bees.
Wallace strikes me as the type of guy the A's have been taking chances on in recent years - former top prospect, decent minor league numbers but mediocre to bad major league numbers, some flaws in his game (can't hit LHP, not much defensive value).
and not to pile on but it is vegas. I just had a crude idea in my head that a guy like Wallace who was in his early 20's and a top prospect should be killing the ball in vegas. slugging .500 just didn't read as all that and a bag of chips.
I know which of those guys I'd rather have. It ain't Wallace, and it ain't particularly close, either.
I have little faith in guys who have the combination of incredibly violent swing and lots of strikeouts.
Unless Satin is the answer (we all know he isn't), I'd keep Wallace around and hope to draft something worthwhile but until that materializes, I'll keep Wallace on hand.
Until then, I will look for more high end potential than the Duda's of the world for my 1B.
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