Baseball's Brett Wallace joins Astros
Former Arizona State star Brett Wallace became the 95th Sun Devil to play Major League Baseball when he made his debut for the Houston Astros on Saturday.
He was acquired by the Astros from the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday as part of a three-team trade that sent Roy Oswalt to the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit .301 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 95 games with the Blue Jays' Triple A affiliate Las Vegas this season.
Wallace, who played at ASU from 2006-2008, is one of the most accomplished players in school history. He is one of two Sun Devils to hit over .400 twice (along with Kevin Romine), as he hit .404 in 2007 and .410 in 2008. Wallace also won Pac-10 Player of the Year in both 2007 and 2008, making him just the second player in school history to win the award twice (joining Casey Myers), and he was a two-time Consensus First-Team All-American and Pac-10 Triple Crown winner, the only player in conference history to twice win the Triple Crown.
He ranks second in school history with a .398 career batting average and he is tied for fourth all-time with 45 home runs. He became the 23rd Sun Devil drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft when he went 13th overall to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008.