Player: Chase Vallot
Drafted by: Kansas City Royals
DOB: 08/21/1996 (Age: 17)
Height/Weight: 6’0”, 210 pounds
School: St. Thomas More High School (La.)
College Commitment: Mississippi State
Despite his status as one of the younger everyday players in his class, Chase Vallot, who won’t turn 18 until late August, put himself on the draft radar as a junior last year at St. Thomas More High School by batting .365 and smashing 12 home runs. His strong showing at the plate continued throughout the summer, as Vallot impressed on both sides of the ball on the showcase circuit.
Though he’s committed to Mississippi State for the 2015 season, it’s increasingly doubtful that Vallot will ever make it to campus—especially after batting .545/.652/1.111 with 15 doubles, 13 home runs and 62 RBI in 36 games as a senior this past spring.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Right-handed hitter sets up wide with his base before using a quiet load and brief stride into contact; features a short, compact swing in which he takes his hands directly to the ball; has excellent hip rotation; stays through the ball after contact; ball jumps off his bat to the pull side, and he’s still learning to use the entire field; lacks present feel for hitting; some concern about how he’ll handle good velocity as a professional.
Generates plus bat speed thanks to strong wrists/forearms and overall strength; mostly pull-side power at present; leveraged swing and big-time extension after contact produce backspin carry; makes lots of hard contact; will need to learn to drive the ball the other way more consistently.
Shows good athleticism, but his speed is currently a tick below average; likely to lose a step as he develops physically.
Plus arm strength is best defensive tool; ideal for career behind the plate; accuracy should improve along with his footwork.
Raw defensive catcher; possesses the athleticism for the position, as he moves well laterally with a solid foundation for blocking; setup behind the plate is inconsistent—sometimes he sets up too high, while other times he crouches too low; receiving skills will require extensive development in the minor leagues; tends to stab at the ball rather than let it travel to him; framing obviously will require similar work moving forward; inconsistent footwork impedes his catch-and-throw skills and at times offsets his plus arm strength; defense may be a work in progress for quite some time.
MLB Player Comparison: Wilin Rosario
Vallot draws comparisons to Wilin Rosario for his plus power potential from the right side of the plate, plus arm strength and fringy defensive profile.
Projection: Second-division/platoon catcher
Major Leagues ETA: 2018
Chances of Signing: 85 percent
Vallot’s upside as a slugging right-handed-hitting backstop makes him an attractive commodity in this year’s class, and he’s arguably the second-best prep catcher on the board after Alex Jackson.