LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers selected Matt Wallach in the 22nd round of the First-Year Player Draft on Thursday, adding the son of former Dodgers third baseman and hitting coach Tim Wallach to their 2007 draft class. Wallach, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound catcher from Cal State Fullerton, was heralded by former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. Lasorda said he had to twist a couple arms to get assistant general manager of scouting, Logan White and director of amateur scouting, Tim Hallgren to draft him. "I wanted to draft [Mike] Piazza and they [Dodgers] didn't want to and I made them draft him. And now I had to do a little talking to get Matt drafted," said Lasorda, who pushed the Dodgers to draft Piazza in the 62nd round of the 1988 Draft. "Let's hope that Matt works out to what I think he is capable of becoming."
Wallach hit .254 with six doubles, four homers and 25 RBIs for the Titans this season. He played in 44 games and made just one error behind the plate. According to Lasorda, Wallach is a solid defensive catcher with a strong arm and a good bat. Wallach's father, Tim, was a third baseman for the Dodgers from 1993-1995 before he was briefly traded to the Angels in 1996. Wallach, who played under Lasorda, finished his career with the Dodgers and became the Dodgers hitting coach in 2004. [Tim] Wallach was known for his defense at third base, but he hit 23 home runs in 2004 for the Dodgers and finished his career with 260 home runs and .257 batting average. "We're proud to have him in the organization," said Lasorda. "Tim played for me and I used to hold Matt when he was just little boy, in my arms and now he's a Dodger. I see something in him that tells me he's got a chance to be a good player." The Dodgers, who selected four catchers in the Draft, made Wallach the 686 overall draft pick by selecting him in the 22nd round. According to Hallgren the Dodgers did not pick Wallach as favor, instead they felt he had the size and potential to be a catcher in the Majors. "The kid has size, he's left-handed hitter and he's got some arm strength," Hallgren said. "This guy wasn't just a favor draft, yeah he has genetics from his dad playing in the big leagues but this kid has a legitimate chance to play the game."
Jayson Addcox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.