|Miami Marlins – No. 17|
|Born: November 4, 1991|
Yorba Linda, California
|August 27, 2017, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|MLB statistics |
(through May 19, 2019)
|Runs batted in||6|
Early life and college
Wallach grew up in Orange, California and attended Calvary Chapel High School in Santa Ana, California. He was selected in the 43rd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, but opted not to sign in order to play college baseball at Cal State Fullerton. Wallach played three seasons with the Titans, hitting .272 in 102 games. As a junior, Wallach batted .309 with 24 runs scored, 14 doubles, two home runs and 32 RBIs and was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the fifth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
Wallach signed with the Marlins and received a $343,900 bonus and began his professional career with the Short-Season Class-A Batavia Muckdogs, where he hit .224 in 43 games. He began the 2014 season with the Class A Greensboro Grasshoppers (for whom he was a mid-season South Atlantic League All Star) and was eventually promoted to the Class A-Advanced Jupiter Hammerheads, batting .322/.431/.457 between the two teams.
The Reds promoted Wallach to the major leagues for the first time on August 25, 2017. He made his Major League debut on August 27, 2017 in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, starting at catcher and going 0-4 with two strikeouts. During the 2017 season, Wallach played in six games for the Reds and hit .091 (1 for 11).
Second stint with Marlins
He was claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins on November 3, 2017. He began the 2018 season with the Marlins on the Opening Day roster as their backup catcher but was ultimately sent down to the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes after appearing in nine games when J. T. Realmuto was activated off the disabled list. He hit .224 with three home runs and 16 RBI in 44 games, as well as .357/.438/.429 for the GCL Marlins, before being called back up to the Marlins on September 1, 2018. He finished the season with a .178 batting average with one home run and five RBIs in 15 games with the Marlins.
Wallach made the Marlins opening day roster as the team's only backup catcher to start the 2019 season.
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