Jun 5, 2014 10:58 PM by Travis Webb
After an All-American senior campaign, St. Thomas More catcher Chase Vallot will have a difficult decision: go pro or go to Starkville. The Mississippi State signee was drafted in Thursday's MLB Draft going 40th overall in the "Competitive Balance Round A." Vallot is the first STM Cougar to go in the first round since LSU's Mikie Mahtook in the 2011 MLB Draft.
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.