Day four of my "Thirty Prospects in Thirty Days" brings me to the only Canadian team in the MLB; the Toronto Blue Jays. This team cleaned house over the past few years from top to bottom but, the one thing they could not rid themselves of was Vernon Wells and his obscene has him making 20+ million dollars each year until 2015.
They moved their best player this offseason when they traded Doc Halladay to the Phillies in a three team deal. The trade of Halladay did what General Manager Alex Anthopoulos wanted to do; bring in good prospects. This deal brought in Kyle Draybek, Michael Taylor, and some less significants. Toronto in turn traded Michael Taylor to the Oakland Athletics for the sensational hitting prospect I will spotlight right now; Brett Wallace.
Name: Brett Wallace
Position: First Base/Third Base
POB: Sonoma, California
HT/WT: 6'2"/ 205 lbs
AAA Stats: Avg:.293 , OBP:.367 , SLUG:.455 , OPS:.822 , 2B:26 , HR:20 , RBI:63, BB:47 , and K:116
ETA: 2010 (He has a shot to be in the bigs right out of the gate)
Comparison: Paul Konerko
Brett has been moved around over the last 8 months or so; he was originally drafted by St. Louis and after maturing there he was sent to Oakland as the key to the Matt Holliday trade. Like I mentioned earlier he was then traded to Toronto after the storm of the Halladay trade. Toronto was psyched to see his availability; they were hoping that he would fall to them in the draft a few years back.
The Jays will probably moves Brett to first base since he isn't a great fielder. Don't get me wrong he is not Jason Giambi bad but, he isn't a gold glover either. Brett has potential to have a huge bat. He did not show amazing pop last year but, I chalk some of that up to the mid season trade. He has always had a high amount of strikeouts but, if his walks climb a little higher (maybe into the 70's) he we be a little more respected.
He looks like he is primed to get some experience in the bigs this year. If he has the year I imagine he will...lets say .270 18Hrs 60RBI in lets say 300 at bats I think he will be set to maybe start on a young Jay team in 2011.