Matt Skole Scouting Report (2011)
The Georgia Tech baseball team has spent time in the top-10 nationally this season with third baseman Matt Skole leading the way offensively. With a .371/.465/.559 triple slash line at the time of this post, his home run totals are down from the 20 he hit last season. However, Skole has showed excellent on base skills and an ability to make consistent, hard contact.
I’ve also seen him hit well against a number of former and soon-to-be high draft picks in game action. Enough to have a good shot at being drafted within the first three rounds of this June’s draft. Should an organization believe in his ability to stick at third base, he could go even higher.
- Brother of former 1st round pick Jake Skole
- Looked listed height/weight of 6-foot-4, 225 lbs.
- Slightly below average athlete overall; Moves well for a man his size
- Strong core; Room to fill out through the shoulders
- A little extra waggle pre-swing; Simplify timing mechanism?
- More compact stroke than most left-handed hitters his size
- Flat swing path when quickest through the zone; Swing can become long when Skole looks to lift pitches
- Shows ability to drive the ball to all fields
- Patient hitter; Rarely chases pitches outside the strike zone – even against mid-90’s velocity
- See more potential as an average/on base hitter than true power hitting threat
- Present speed is below average and is unlikely to improve
- Future defensive home is uncertain
- Showed a lack of confidence at third base; Shied away from cutting ball off in the 5/6 hole
- Looks more comfortable at first base; Prospect status takes a definite hit if he settles in at 1B permanently
- Has made a few starts behind the plate this season
For whatever reason, the first name to pop into my head when seeing Skole play was Anthony Rizzo. To be clear, Skole would be a poor man’s version of the San Diego Padres first base prospect, but that has value nonetheless. I suspect he will at least be given an offseason to work on his defense at third base, if not longer since his prospect status is significantly higher at the hot corner. Should he be forced to move over the first base, Skole’s value takes a significant hit as his offensive game is strong, but not elite.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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