Jun 12, 2014 4:16 PM by Travis Webb
The awards and recognitions continue to roll in for St. Thomas More's Chase Vallot. After numerous accolades including All-State and MVPs, Vallot collects the biggest of them all: National Player of the Year. Vallot tabbed with the honor by Louisville Slugger and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Also named a First Team All-American by the publication, the awards cap off Vallot's illustrious senior campaign. The 6-foot, 205-pound senior catcher led the Cougars (31-5) to the Class 4A state championship this past season. Vallot batted .545 with 13 home runs, 62 RBI and 45 runs scored. A 2013 Perfect Game All-American and a 2013 Under Armour All-American, he also produced a .667 on-base percentage and a 1.107 slugging percentage as 29 of his 54 hits went for extra-base hits. Vallot also became the first Cougar to be named Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year and was recently named the LHSAA Class 4A Most Outstanding Player.
The Mississippi State signee was drafted in last week's MLB Draft going 40th overall in the "Competitive Balance Round A" and signed with the Kansas City Royals. Vallot is the first STM Cougar to go in the first round since LSU's Mikie Mahtook in the 2011 MLB Draft. He is currently with the rookie farm team in Arizona.