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SPORTS FEATURE

Whitney’s Wallace in the sport’s spotlight

Major League Baseball takes notice
By: Aaron Day for The Placer Herald
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Whitney High School’s Landon Wallace is turning into quite the local baseball prospect. The junior catcher has anchored the junior varsity baseball team the last two seasons, earning team MVP his freshman year and helping lead the team to a 13-8 overall record while finishing as the team leader in doubles and triples.

Outside of Whitney, Wallace has racked up the honors. Recently, he was one of four players selected in Northern California to attend Major League Baseball’s Breakthrough Series, a collaborative developmental program between USA Baseball and MLB held at the MLB Youth Training Facility in Southern California.

Wallace was also chosen to play this summer in the NorCal World Series, Bay Area World Series, and Pro Baseball Report’s Arizona Class of 2020 Games at Arizona State University’s Phoenix Municipal Stadium, all invite-only events.

The following was from Arizona Scouting Director Jordan Banfield in his Prep Baseball Report:

“(Catcher) Landon Wallace showed an interesting combination of tools and physical projection that make him an interesting follow moving forward. While the body doesn't instantly indicate catcher, he turned in a very solid 1.97 pop time with 75 mph velo from the crouch and posted an 88 mph exit velocity at 6-foot-2 155-pounds.”

Wallace began playing baseball at 12, after growing tired of soccer. It wasn’t long before he found the national pastime to be his new passion.

“When I play baseball I’m excited,” Wallace said. “My dad never played baseball, but he always watched (baseball) videos and tried to help me and support me.”

The future Wildcats’ standout said he feels baseball can take him into college, where he wants to get a good education. From there he said he would like to make the MLB draft and play in the Majors.

For now, he is looking forward to his varsity seasons at Whitney High and the help he gets from the Wildcats’ JV coach Adam Pettigrew.

“Coach (Pettigrew) always helps me and supports me,” Wallace said. “Whenever I have a question, I’ll ask him. He’s a great person.”