Kyle Skipworth Scouting Report (2010)
Since being drafted sixth overall by the Florida Marlins in 2008, Kyle Skipworth has struggled to establish himself as a legitimate prospect in the eyes of scouts, as well as the Florida Marlins system. Having heard many a dig from scouts and prospect analysts alike, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to see Skipworth in person late in the 2010 season. And while I left feeling “Skip” was a little better than the information I had received, I can easily understand the motivation behind them considering a number of prospects drafted behind him would already be in Miami.
Physical Projection: Listed at 6’4″, 205 lbs., Skipworth is a physical presence on a baseball field. However, he certainly looked larger than 205 and lacked muscle definition leading me to believe it’s not all good weight. From a projection standpoint, this is really not a bad thing considering he can either work on his quickness by becoming leaner, or go for power since his frame could handle an additional 25-30 pounds of muscle even though it would likely mean a move out from behind the plate.
As an athlete, his movements are long and on the slow side. Skipworth is a big, strong kid, but lacked explosion in all aspects of his game.
Offense: Earlier this season, I asked a scout about Skipworth who commented he had never seen a prospect swing through so many fastballs over the heart of the plate. In person, Skipworth certainly did not disappoint as he either swung through, or weakly popped foul a half dozen pitches or so.
Length in the back of his swing, combined with average bat speed are to blame for his sky high strikeout totals. And while both are distinct, and possibly insurmountable shortcomings, his swing was fluid and Skipworth had easy pop when he was able to extend his arms. To accentuate the positive, it would be in Skipworth’s best interest to quiet his hands when loading pre-pitch. Against a starter throwing 87-90 MPH, he swung through pitches one would expect Skipworth to hit a mile and looked much more comfortable dealing with fastballs down in the zone. And while he was very aggressive, Skipworth did not chase pitches outside the strike zone often leading me to believe he has some upside in terms of pitch recognition.
Defense: At any height above 6’2″, only premium athletes manage to remain behind the plate long term and Skipworth is simply not in that class. In between innings, he showed an extremely long release and inability to “funnel” properly. In receiving pitches, he did not attempt to frame a number of tailing fastballs to the outside corner which cost the starter strikes. And while I did not see him tested by many balls in the dirt, a quick assessment of his size, athleticism, and movements behind the dish force me to question how he can react to, and block balls to his left and right.
Speed: Once Skipworth gets his body moving in a general direction, his running style can be described as “barreling”. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if his long strides made Skipworth look significantly faster than he actually is.
With a cup of coffee in the Southern League, along with an Arizona Fall League assignment, it seems the Florida Marlins are growing a bit impatient with Skipworth. After seeing him play, I wonder if he would be better off shedding the tools of ignorance for good and sliding over to first base. While this would deflate most prospects value significantly, allowing the Skipworth the ability to fill out his frame and focus solely on hitting might be the best chance to revitalize a once promising career.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
1-On-1 ROTO Strategy Session
The Best Of RS
- Can Alex "Chi-Chi" Gonzalez Crack the Texas Rangers Opening Day Rotation?
- Fantasy Baseball Trade Deadline 101: A Former MLB GM’s Take
- Felix Hernandez and Solo Home Run Situations: A Blueprint For Longevity
- JR Graham: Is He Still An MLB Arm For The Atlanta Braves?
- Mason Williams: Is It Time To Label Him A Bust For The Yankees?
- Mike Newman's Top-50 Fantasy Baseball Prospects Scouted in 2014
- Nick Kingham Scouting Report (2014)
- Rangers Joey Gallo, Marlins Giancarlo Stanton And Strikeouts
- The ROTOscouting Baseball Podcast
- Top-10 Fantasy Baseball Prospects By Team
- Will Mike Moustakas Finally Put It Together Next Season?