Wallace has shown the Astros the kind of pop they didn't see last year when he began the year as the starter at first, and he's proven he can hit lefties. He was hitting .278 with two homers off lefties entering Sunday after hitting .354 against southpaws at Triple-A.
"I feel good," Wallace said. "Obviously, we worked on a lot of things from Spring Training through the end of the year in Triple-A, and when I came back it was an opportunity to show them what I had worked on and that I could implement that every day up here. There's been ups and downs, but I think I've been able to drive the ball more and produce more runs and things like that."
Wallace, a former first-round pick of the Cardinals who has been traded three times, knows nothing is guaranteed in this game. And with top prospect Jonathan Singleton, a first baseman, coming off a strong season at Double-A, Wallace will keep working.
"For my mindset, I have to come into camp and win the job," Wallace said. "I have to put myself in better position and show them I can make adjustments and I'm able to work on things. I definitely feel good going into the offseason and I'm not going to take anything for granted. Hopefully, they like what I've been able to do and the adjustments I've made."