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Kevin Goldstein @Kevin_GoldsteinNowhere close to it. RT @cmhall14: @Kevin_Goldstein Matt Skole possibly make your top 101?
I hold to my belief that he'll end up our best hitter out of that draft
Tim Swartz @TimSwartzMatt Skole with his 100th of the year. Joins Martinson this year and Tyler Moore (2010) as only 100 RBI men in WAS minor league history
Matt Skole named South Atlantic League MVPBy Adam KilgoreThird baseman Matt Skole was named the Most Valuable Player of the South Atlantic League, another honor for a Nationals’ farm system that has played a crucial role in their success this season.Skole, who earned a late-season promotion to High-A Potomac, hit .286/.438/.574 with 27 home runs for Class A Hagerstown this season. He has started well at Potomac, hitting .327 with an .876 OPS in 13 games. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Skole has a legitimate major league frame.The brunt of credit attention Nationals receive for developing players derives from first overall picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. But their depth, so important this season, is more important and more difficult to cultivate. Late-round picks like Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore helped stabilize the major league roster this season.Skole, taken last year in the fifth round out of Georgia Tech, could be the next in line in a couple seasons. He bats left-handed and fares well against left-handed pitchers. Team officials regard Skole as a confident who loves to play.
Why is this his one and only chance? He's done well in A ball - if he does well in AA next year, why wouldn't he be taken seriously as a prospect?
He's old. He's strikes out a lot. He can't stick at 3B.This is his big shot. It doesn't mean he won't be a pro if he fails... but he'll never be a prospect if he does.
Putting it positively - a big power show in the AFL will get him on the radar of other teams. Power is less common in the post roids era. We would then be in a position to move a Skole / Moore / Morse for other needs and have depth in case of injury.
Who cares if he's a prospect? It is possible for a player to succeed without Keith law trying to constantly blow them.
6. Matt Skole, Washington Nationals (3B)Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the chance to see Skole a handful of times between Georgia Tech and Hagerstown. Early in 2012, I could not help but notice how Skole’s physique had transformed into a true pro body. In game action, he slugged a long home run to centerfield, walked and booted a routine ground ball — a seemingly typical day based on his .291/.426/.559 triple slash line and my familiarity with his defense. As a 5th round pick, the Nationals have a steal in Skole, but don’t mistake his lofty numbers at an advanced age for true impact talent.
3. Matt Skole, 1b, Salt River Rafters (Washington Nationals)Statistics: .500/.625/.778 (9-for-18), 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 BB, 5 K, 1-for-1 SBAfter leading the South Atlantic League in on-base percentage (.486), slugging (.574) and home runs (27), Skole has continued to rake in the AFL, leading the league in batting average (.500) and slugging percentage (.778). In each of his five games to date, Skole has registered at least one hit and one walk, continuing to show why Sally League managers rated him with the best strike-zone discipline this summer.At the plate, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Skole displays a patient approach with good barrel ability and power to all fields, however his swing can be a bit uphill at times. A third baseman for much of the summer, Skole has played exclusively at first base this fall, the position where he will likely end up long-term.
Nope. Probably an org player. Poor defender, slow bat.
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