Cardinals fans have to be excited about the quick promotion of third baseman Brett Wallace from Class A Quad Cities to Double-A Springfield.
Wallace, who was the 13th overall pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, earned the promotion by hitting .327 at Quad Cities with five homers and 25 runs batted in through 153 at-bats. Wallace, who played at Arizona State and was the 2007 Pac-10 Player of the Year, got off to an encouraging start at Springfield by going 3-for-8 with a double in his first two games.
Shortstop Brendan Ryan is off to a slow start since being sent from the Major League club to Triple-A Memphis. Through 11 games with the Redbirds, Ryan was hitting .214 in 42 at-bats. Ryan hit .242 for the Cardinals this year in 68 games.
– Robert Falkoff
At Triple-A Omaha, Ryan Shealy and Kila Ka’aihue have been making a bid to keep their names in the mix for the Royals’ first-base job of the future. Shealy hit .280 through his first 100 games with 19 homers and 57 RBIs. After hitting .347 in July, Shealy has tailed off to .250 in August. Once stuck behind Todd Helton in Colorado, Shealy is still hopeful that Kansas City can be a true springboard for a long Major League career.
Ka’aihue was promoted after tearing up Double-A pitching. The power stroke didn’t leave Ka’aihue after he reached Omaha. Through his first 23 games with the O-Royals, Ka’aihue hit eight homers. His combined numbers at Double-A and Triple-A were 34 homers and a .315 batting average through the third week of August.
The big problem for both Shealy and Ka’aihue is that young Billy Butler’s position is also first base. If Shealy and/or Ka’aihue should be included in the September callup activity, they’ll have a chance to give the front office more to think about regarding the first-base mix going forward.
– Robert Falkoff