What can be made of Chris Wallace? He has a powerful bat in the lower levels, and that's obvious. He was a mid round pick from Houston, showing scouts had doubts about his abilities. What abilities? More than likely, his ability to consistently hit against advanced pitching. Right now, he's roughing up raw pitchers and it's creating hype. Is the hype warranted? Could be, pending performance at higher levels.
So, the question is, should and when should he be promoted? Is his bat ready for upper levels? Possibly. He has done well in a limited sample size, so without a scouting report of how his at-bats are looking. Is he working counts or is he simply getting plenty of fastball because thats all the pitchers can locate? I think we need to see if he's still hitting in late May. But, the next part that has to be considered is his defense. He's about average from what I've heard. At lower levels, that's ok. But, in all liklihood, the Astros are working on specific parts about his game defensively. Things like calling pitches and blocking balls in the dirt. What say you?
Oklahoma City lost 5-3
- Ryan Rowland-Smith-5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 2 SO
- Ross Wolf-2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
- Collin DeLome PH-1-1, 2B
- Carlos Corporan C-1-4, 2B
Corpus Christ- Off
Lancaster won 3-2
- Jake Buchanan-7 1/3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 5 SO, 14/3 GO/AO-Ridiculous groundball rates will be successful...
- Kirk Clark-1 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, BB, 3 SO
- Jay Austin CF-1-4, SO, SB
- Jonathan Villar SS-1-3, BB, 2 SO, SB
- Jonathan Meyer 3B-2-4, SB
- Ben Heath C-2-4, 2B, HR
- Grant Hogue RF-1-3, SO, SB
Lexington lost 5-4
- Brad Dydalewicz-4 2/3 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, SO
- Gabriel Garcia-3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
- Adam Bailey RF-1-4, HR, SO
- Dan Adamson CF-1-3, 2B, BB, SO
- Tyler Burnett 1B-1-2, 2 BB, SB
- Roberto Pena C-2-2, HR, BB
Oklahoma City lost 6-3
- Fernando Nieve-5 2/3 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO
- Sergio Escalona-1 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 SO
- JB Shuck lF-1-2, 2 BB, SB
- Carlos Corporan C-1-4, HR, 2 SO
- Brian Dopirak DH-1-4, 2B, SO
- Collin DeLome RF-1-4, 3B, SO
Corpus Christi won 5-2
- Ross Seaton-7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 SO-5-10 GO/AO-He was successful.
- Patrick Urckfitz-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
- David Carpenter-1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 SO
- Jimmy Paredes 2B-2-5, 2 SO
- JD Martinez LF-2-5, 2 2B, SO
- Jonathan Gaston RF-2-5, SO
- Brandon Barnes CF-2-4, HR
- TJ Steele DH-1-4, 2B, SO
Lancaster lost 13-10
- Robby Doran-4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, HR, 5/1 GO/AO-Your going to have some rough days in Lancaster
- Kody Hinze DH-2-5, 2B, HR
- Jose Altuve 2B-3-5, SB-Still hitting...are you paying attention Ed Wade and Co?
- Erik Castro 1B-2-2, HR, 2 BB-Small sample sizes can be misleading, but as of right now, he's hitting like a great prospect. He's old for the level, but he did miss an entire season.
Lexington lost 6-5
- Carlos Quevedo-5 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 ER, BB, 3 SO, 3/6 GO/AO
- Jio Mier SS-1-5, 3 SO-Please stop striking out...
- Chris Wallace DH-1-5, HR, SO
- Telvin Nash LF-1-4, 2B
- Mike Kvasnicka 3B-3-4, 2B, 3B, SO-He's doing quite well, as he should.
- Dan Adamson CF-2-4, SO
- Roberto Pena C-2-4, 2B