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The Astros Are Making Player Moves And Are 4 – 5 In The Last 9 Games

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Saturday, April.20/2013

Brett Wallace had struggled something fierce to start this year.  At Age 26, he is nearing the end of his rope with the Astros.  He has a Career 3 Slash Line of .243/.316/.682 - with 16 HRs and 66 RBI in 743 At-Bats.  Not encouraging numbers.  He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2010 season for OF Anthony Gose.  At least Gose hasn't accomplished much with the Canadian franchise yet

Brett Wallace had struggled something fierce to start this year before his most recent demotion to the Minor Leagues. At Age 26, he is nearing the end of his rope with the Astros. He has a Career 3 Slash Line of .243/.316/.682 – with 16 HRs and 66 RBI in 743 At-Bats. Not encouraging numbers. He was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays during the 2010 season for OF Anthony Gose. At least Gose hasn’t accomplished much with the Canadian franchise yet.

By Richard Perez (Astros Correspondent visit the StrosBros Website here):

After seven games played, 17 Strikeouts, and one hit in 27 Plate Appearances, the Astros optioned First Baseman Brett Wallace to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and it comes a great news to me. I feel that Brett Wallace is on limited time in the Major Leagues and that he just isn’t going to pan out to be the highly touted prospect he once was.

He’s had somewhat of a successful tenure in Houston, but I feel compelled to believe that he was transferred around from one organization to the next while never making an appearance at the Major League level is one of the more pieces of condemning evidence from early on the Brett Wallace was doomed to be a dud

Astros Struggle in the 2013 Year:

Carlos Pena may not be the potent threat that he was a few years ago, however he is still the Astros best overall choice to man the position

Carlos Pena may not be the potent threat that he was a few years ago, however he is still the Astros best overall choice to man the position

I feel much more comfortable with Carlos Pena being at First  Base over Wallace, and even Chris Carter would be a better choice, in my opinion.

After current highly touted prospect Jonathan Singleton had a breakout season in Double-A Corpus Christi, I came to the conclusion that barring an outstanding 2013 season, Brett Wallace was on borrowed time at the First Base position in Houston.  

The suspension of Singleton benefited Wallace as he was given sort of worry free situation about being able to hold onto the starting job at first without Singleton behind him, lurking and waiting for his chance to take the job away.

As expected, Wallace managed to falter, faltering worse than I could have imagined, he had a horrendous start of the season at the plate, and maybe this optioning could benefit him, I’m not really sure what his problem could be other than a lack of plate discipline, and misreading pitches coming his way.

By the All-Star break, I think that Singleton will be the Astros starter at First Base and I feel Singleton has earned and deserves a chance to make his Major League debut by about that time. I’m unsure where Wallace could end up, but judging by the way he has started the year, Wallace’s days as a part of the Astros organization are numbered to about the time the Mid-Summer Classic rolls around.

The Astros have also called up a guy with great potential in Brandon Laird, playing in only a handful of game in his Major League career, Laird impressed Astros skipper Bo Porter in Spring Training and barely missed the cut of making the 25 Man Roster, being told that he would indeed be needed in Houston soon.

Laird, called up on Thursday when Wallace was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, joined the club on Friday after hitting .353 with five doubles, two homers and 14 RBI in 12 games with the RedHawks.

He had a very impressive spring with the Astros, hitting .328 with 3 Doubles, 5 HRs and 12 RBI in 29 games, but still called into Porter’s office and sent down.

I’m looking forward to seeing Laird bringing a fresh bat to the Astros and have a successful tenure on this call-up. I hope he can find a place in Houston, and earn some more playing time with the big league club, I think he can pick up where he left off with the club in the spring and stay on the 25 Man Roster.

A weird tidbit after all the dust settled from the Astros’ number of transactions:  the Astros played Friday’s game with 24 players on their active roster.

They designated Left – Handed Pitcher Xavier Cedeno for assignment on Thursday to open up a spot on the 40 – Man Roster, calling up Brandon Laird, and they had yet to replace that spot. Manager Bo Porter said someone would be added following Friday’s game.

I’m curious about who this could be, and we may hear an announcement made before Saturday’s game and maybe even see whomever the Astros slate for promotion will play on Saturday, knowing the Astros organization, they’ve already made their mind, informed the player, made travel arrangements, and will have him on he first flight into Houston, with the announcement coming promptly.

Bo Porter has led his team to a 4 - 5 Record in the last 9 games since starting the year 1 - 6.  The big question has been the 1st Base situation.  While the team goes forward, it looks like he is sticking with defensively gifted Carlos Pena.  The man brings a nice veteran presence to the young ballclub

Bo Porter has led his team to a 4 – 5 Record in the last 9 games since starting the year 1 – 6. The big question has been the 1st Base situation. While the team goes forward, it looks like he is sticking with defensively gifted Carlos Pena. The man brings a nice veteran presence to the young ballclub.  The Astros are averaging 4 Runs per Game – while allowing over 5.25 Runs Per Game.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘Astros Correspondent’ Richard Perez for preparing today’s featured article.  Richard is the senior staff writer at torotimes.com here and owns the Astros websites the StrosBros here.  

Richard resides in Corpus Christi, TX, Equestria.  Richard has followed the team from the Houston Astrodome, all the way to the opening of Enron field – now called Minute Maid Park. Follow Richard  on Twitter and talk about the games of Baseball 

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About Richard Perez

Dedicated San Antonio Spurs, Houston Astros and Texans fan; I've has been loyal to his teams since birth. The Astros have been my favorite team since my first game in '95 in the Astrodome, and all the way to Opening Day at Enron Field. I loved the Oilers as a child, and followed them until they're departure, and followed them as the Tennessee Oilers until 1999 when another Houston team was conceived. I've loved my Spurs since going to see my first game in the Alamodome in '96. I've been dedicated to my teams since I was first introduced to them. My loyalty is irrefutable and undeniable.

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