Royals draft pick Chase Vallot off to strong start

Catcher Chase Vallot’s first week as a professional has been, ahem, a hit.

Vallot was the 40th overall pick in this month’s draft, and the 17-year-old catcher was assigned to Rookie-Burlington.

While Burlington lost 7-1 at Bristol on Tuesday, Vallot had a double and scored the Royals’ lone run. In his first six games, Vallot is hitting .318 with three doubles, a home run and four RBIs.

Other games

Jeff Francoeur’s two-run homer capped a five-run ninth inning as El Paso rallied for an 8-5 win at Class AAA Omaha. Spencer Patton walked the first two batters in the ninth inning and then hit a batter to load the bases. Tyler Greene followed with a three-run double that gave the Chihuahuas a 6-5 lead. Casey Coleman relieved, and after a strikeout, gave up the home run to Francoeur. Matt Fields hit his 12th home run of the season and Whit Merrifield had two doubles and two RBIs.

Miguel Almonte threw five shutout innings and Class A-Advanced Wilmington hit four home runs in beating Frederick 5-1. Almonte, 5-3, struck out five, walked one and allowed three hits. Aroni Nina allowed an unearned run in three innings and Kyle Bartsch pitched a perfect ninth. First baseman Cody Stubbs hit a pair of solo shots, third baseman Kenny Diekroeger had a solo homer and DH Michael Antonio hit a two-run shot.

Jake Junis allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings and Class A Lexington beat Hagerstown 5-3. Junis, 8-4, gave up seven hits, didn’t allow a walk and struck out six. Andrew Edwards got the save by pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Left fielder Dominique Taylor hit a solo homer and center fielder Alfredo Escalera-Maldonado had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI.

Robert Pehl had three of Idaho Falls’ five singles in the Chukars’ 4-0 loss at Orem. Alec Mills gave up two runs in two innings and Jake Newberry allowed two runs over six innings with six strikeouts.

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