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Astros designate Brett Wallace for assignment

Brett Wallace

Houston Astros’ Brett Wallace hits an RBI single during the third inning of an interleague baseball game in Toronto Sunday, May 22, 2011. The Astros defeated the Blue Jays 3-2. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)

AP

To make room for free agent signing Jerome Williams on the 40-man roster the Astros have designated first baseman Brett Wallace for assignment.

Wallace was once a top prospect, but it turned out he couldn’t really play third base defensively and never developed into the impact bat many people pegged him for in the minors. Now he’s a 27-year-old career .242 hitter with 29 homers and a .704 OPS in 311 games, including some ugly K/BB ratios.

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