After posting OBP's in college of .439, .500 and .526, the thinking was that Wallace would be an on-base machine. His .427 OBP during his debut summer was a good start, but his walk rate dropped in his first full year, leading to a combined 2009 OBP of .367. He had a walk percentage of 10.0 in Class A during his debut, but in his two Triple-A stops in 2009, that fell to 7.1 and 6.3 percent, respectively.
Scouting report: Wallace's best tool is his bat, and it's almost ready for the big leagues. He's got good bat speed and good plate discipline, allowing him to hit for average and power in the future. He wasn't bad at third, where he worked hard and showed good hands and an above-average arm. But his limited range has the Blue Jays moving him over to first, where he should be just fine.
Upside potential: An every-day first baseman who will hit over .300 with tons of doubles and 20-plus homers annually.
They said it: "We have liked Brett Wallace for a long time, dating back to 2005 when we drafted him out of high school. We are excited to have a player with this type of power potential in our system." -- Charlie Wilson, Blue Jays director of Minor League operations
He said it: "Any time you go to a situation where you know they're trying to rebuild with youth, that's something that's exciting. They're definitely not afraid to give young guys an opportunity, and I think my job now is just to go into camp, be in shape and be ready to play. Hopefully, I make it as hard as possible for them to send me to Vegas. If they do, I'll continue to do as well as I can there, and try to put pressure on them to bring me up. Hopefully, I can get there and help that team as soon as I can."