A former high school catcher, Mallet moved to the pitching staff late in the fall to add depth after season-ending injuries to Mitch Walter and Terry Montoya... Has shown signs of being a valuable addition... Should log some solid innings in a relief role... Very mature for a true freshman... Solid arm strength.
during fall drills
Made one relief appearance for the Purple Sox during the Fall Ball World Series... Posted a 0-0 record and 0.00 ERA in 1.1 innings of work, allowing zero runs on two hits with one strikeout.
at washburn rural high school
A four-year starter and letterman at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, Kan. ... Helped the Junior Blues to a 13-7 record in 2002... Named first team Class 6A All-State as a senior by the Kansas Association of Baseball Coaches (KABC)... Garnered Topeka Capital-Journal first team All-City honors... Also named first team All-Centennial League... Selected to the KABC All-Star team... Led the city in hitting (.540) and home runs (nine)... Second to current teammate Chris Carlson in the city with 34 RBIs... Also scored 24 runs... Earned second team All-City and All-Centennial League honors as a junior... Posted a .380 batting average and a team-leading three home runs... Had seven RBIs in the two-game regional that earned Rural a state tournament berth... The Junior Blues lost to Lawrence High in the Class 6A state quarterfinals in 2001 in extra innings... Had a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning that sent the game into extra innings... Hit 14 home runs over the summer of 2001 for the Topeka Stars, who finished second in the high school division of the NBC Tournament in Arkansas... Also lettered one year in football... High school teammate Blair Johnson was drafted in the second round and signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates... Coached by Doug Holmes.
(Full name: Jonathan Michael Mallett) was born May 16, 1984, in Little Rock, Ark. ... He is the son of Greg and Trina Mallett... Has a younger sister, Jennifer (19)... Loves to hunt, fish and boat... Comes from a baseball family... Father, Greg, played semiprofessional baseball for years... Uncle was recruited as pitcher before injuring arm, while grandfather made St. Louis Cardinals team in the 1930s... Relates his greatest sporting thrill as hitting a home run in the bottom of the seventh to tie a game in the state playoffs before hitting a three-run home run to win a game in the regionals... Is undecided on a major.