20-Year-Old Catcher – Kansas City Royals
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Each year, only a handful of teenagers hit double-digit homers at Low-A. Four top-100 dynasty league prospects did it last year: Eloy Jimenez, Brendan Rodgers, Austin Riley and Luis Alexander Basabe. ...
Chase Vallot Contract Information:
Signed with the Royals in June of 2014.
Vallot is hitting .146/.280/.195 since coming off the DL on July 6.
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsAlexander, Scott (P)
AADiekroeger, Kenny (SS)
A+Arteaga , Humberto (SS)
ABlewett, Scott (P)
RookieAracena, Ricky (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Vallot was drafted after his junior year of high school by Kansas City in 2014. This last year he batted .545/.652/1.111 with 15 doubles, 13 home runs, and 62 RBI's in his senior year. Vallot is an all-around player overall with a plus-power potential from the right side of the plate along with great arm strength and defensive abilities. He's regarded as one of the best catchers in his draft class and he just turned 18 in August. Vallot still has to decide if he wants to go to Mississippi State or sign with the Royals this year, which most signs point to him signing. The young catcher is still likely a year or two away from the majors, especially with Salvador Perez at the big league level.
Vallot was selected with the 40th overall pick in the 2014 first-year player draft, and proceeded to slash .215/.329/.403 with seven home runs over 53 games at rookie ball. The Royals are optimistic about his strong arm and power potential, but there remain questions about his defense that they will hope to have answered during rookie or Low-A ball in 2015. At just 18 years old, Vallot is merely in the early stages of development, and won't see the majors for quite some time with Salvador Perez seemingly the long-term answer at catcher in Kansas City. Even if he rises quickly though the farm system, Vallot will still have to surpass Cam Gallagher and Zane Evans on the organizational depth chart in order to earn a more prominent role.