Chase Wallace Becomes First VFL To Sign With MLB In 2020

Chase Wallace

 

Sevierville native Chase Wallace has decided to relinquish his college eligibility and take his talents to a major league franchise. The 6’2″, 195-pound RHP posted an image on Twitter Sunday night, implying a financial agreement with the Kansas City Royals. Multiple sources confirmed the signing posthaste.

 

 

Wallace appeared in 29 games for the Vols throughout three seasons. Sixteen of those outings came as a freshman. The past two seasons for the righty have been cut short. In 2019, Wallace’s sophomore campaign was delayed due to injury.

The effects of COVID-19 halted a promising junior run. But now, nothing stands in the way of Wallace taking his game to the next level.

Wallace, a 2017 graduate of Sevier County High School, signed with Tennessee in fall 2016 after reclassifying to the 2016-17 class. At the time, he was rated as the 14th overall high school player in the state by Perfect Game.

Wallace played a key role in Sevier County’s path to a first-ever state tournament appearance in 2016. He followed in the footsteps of former Smoky Bear and VFL, Zach Linginfelter, as the pair signed with Tennessee just a class apart.

Wallace was able to post some career-highs despite an abrupt 2020 season. He earned a victory in his first collegiate start against Western Illinois on Feb. 15. A week later, he notched seven punchouts versus Houston during a Vols win in the Round Rock Classic.

Perhaps the most profound part of Wallace’s resume is his stellar freshman campaign. The righty debuted against Maryland by throwing two scoreless innings. He ended the 2018 season with a 1-1 record and 2.86 ERA. Wallace led the team with three saves while logging 28.1 innings.

The East Tennessee product will be joining other undrafted SEC standouts. Georgia’s Tucker Bradley and LSU’s Saul Garza will be with Wallace in the Kansas City system as members of the 2020 free agent signing class.

All three are listed as Top-500 prospects, according to Baseball America. The Royals have signed a total of six undrafted prospects out of the college ranks in 2020.

While MLB teams don’t have a cap on the number of free agents they can sign, the maximum dollar amount they can offer an undrafted prospect is $20,000 for this year.

The terms of Wallace’s deal has not been disclosed. Other expected departures for Tennessee are Garrett Crochet, Alerick Soularie, and Evan Daniels. All three were selected in last week’s draft, but have yet to sign.