Chad Wallach

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Chad Arthur Wallach

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The son of Tim Wallach, catcher Chad Wallach was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 43rd round of the 2010 amateur draft. He did not sign, opting to attend Cal State Fullerton instead. He was then taken by the Miami Marlins in the fifth round of the 2013 amateur draft. He made his pro debut with the Batavia Muckdogs on June 21st against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He hit .226 in 43 games with no homers and 13 RBIs. He did a lot better in 2014 however, as with the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League, he hit .321 in 78 games, and then did even better in 19 games for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League, hitting at a .322 clip. Between the two teams, his batting line was .322/.431/.457 in 97 games, with 7 homers and 57 RBIs.

On December 11, 2014, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds along with P Anthony DeSclafani in return for P Mat Latos. He made his debut with the Reds on August 27, 2017, going 0 for 4 with a strikeout. He appeared in every major league season between 2018 and 2020, never playing more than 23 games in any season. From 2018 to 2021, he was with the Miami Marlins, where his father was the bench coach for a spell. He appeared in the 2020 postseason, when the Marlins took advantage of the expanded postseason resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and went 1 for 14 in 5 games as his team's starting catcher. he had hit .2227 in 15 games during the season.

Durng the 2021 season, he moved successively to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels organizations, although his only major league games were with Miami that year. He started 2022 in AAA for the Angels but was called-up in early May when both Angels catchers, Kurt Suzuki and Max Stassi were sidelined by COVID-19. He had the greatest game of his career on May 10th when he caught rookie Reid Detmers' no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays and also homered in the 12-0 win. It was his fourth career long ball, having previously hit one in each of three different seasons with Miami.

Wallach is the brother of minor leaguers Matt Wallach and Brett Wallach.

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