Remember when the Jays traded first base prospect Brett Wallace to the Astros for a Little League centerfielder and everybody freaked out about losing the power hitting first basemen of the not-too-distant future?
Then remember later that year, when all kinds of scouts up and decided that Brett Wallace was too husky to swing his prodigious hips around and consistently hit major league pitching?
Turns out they’re both wrong! Brett Wallace is now the foremost authority on hitting singles and human advertisement for the tenants of in-play averages!
After a rough September cameo in 2010, Brett Wallace is now one of the leading hitters in the National League, if your idea of a great hitter is a guy who reaches first but refuses to venture farther.
Brett Wallace currently sits fourth in baseball with a stunning .382 batting average! That’s good, especially for a first basemen – a guy you expect to hit for power. It doesn’t seem that power is Brett Wallace’s forte, not yet anyway. He’s a singles man, and singles are what he is all about. Lots of them. Bushels. Boatloads.
Brett Wallace has a tidy slugging percentage of .517 for the year, too bad so much of that is tied up in his average. His ISO (isolated power rate, basically the number of extra base hits he manages) is a mere .135, putting him in the company of noted sluggers Jose Reyes, Freddy Sanchez, and Neil Walker.
It seems that Mr. Wallace has his batted balls under a spell, they’re bound and determined to find holes. His seasonal in-play average is a stunning .471, second highest in baseball. Over the last two weeks, Wallace picked up a smooth 21 hits on THIRTY BALLS PUT INTO PLAY. That is a .700 BABIP, and that is crazy.
That is quite difficult to imagine. Brett Wallace just keeps finding holes. He must be magic. Clearly Alex Anthopoulos is out to lunch, trading a player with make-up and telekinesis abilities of this magnitude.
Or…he’s a player riding a legendary streak of good fortune. The ball doesn’t go over the fence or beyond the reach of most outfielders…in time it will be caught. While this incredible .700 BABIP goes on, Wallace has 2 walks to show against 9 strikeouts. That isn’t too pretty either. Good thing he’s magic so it doesn’t matter.