Royals To Sign Chase Vallot

The Royals have an agreement in place with competitive balance round A choice Chase Vallot, reports Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (via Twitter). Vallot was taken with the 40th overall slot, which carries a slot value of $1.42MM.

Bonus terms remain unreported for Vallot, a Louisiana high school catcher who had been committed to Mississippi State. Ranking him 49th overall among draft prospects, MLB.com writes that Vallot has a power bat and arm. He could still stick behind the dish, but could ultimately transition to first base or the outfield. Baseball America similarly placed him as the 47th overall draft-eligible player, while ESPN.com’s Keith Law saw him as the 33rd best player available.

Kansas City agreed to an at-slot deal with third-rounder Erik Skoglund yesterday, after adding its fourth through sixth-round picks the day before. The team’s top two choices, lefties Brandon Finnegan and Foster Griffin, and second-round righty Scott Blewett have yet to agree to terms.


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