Nationals first baseman Matt Skole missed most of 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery and struggled at the plate in 2014 but showed up to camp in better shape and will look to rebound in 2015, MLB.com reports. "This offseason, I had a little more time to work on my body," Skole said. "I really got after it in the weight room. I ate right. I ate healthy. I think that was probably the biggest difference for me. I'm about the same weight as I was. I just leaned out a little bit. I'm eating healthy and working hard." Skole worked with hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich for a month after the season and learned to keep his hands up in order to hit the ball consistently after having his hands too low during his down 2014 season. "After taking a year off, it was more difficult than I thought it would be," the left-handed-swinging Skole said. "But coming back, I turned some corners, made some strides as far as getting to know myself as a player and know the things I need to fix. I think everything I did last year was a stepping stone for this year." Skole hit .241/.352/.399 with 14 home runs and 68 RBI in 461 at-bats with Double-A Harrisburg last season.
Nationals infield prospect Matt Skole isn't expected to break camp with the team and probably won't have a long stint in major-league spring training. However, the highly touted prospect, who was limited to just a few games in the minors last season due to an elbow injury, is already making a lasting impression. "I like Skoley," Nationals manager Matt Williams said, per CSN Washington. "He had a tough break last year. Saw him a little bit in the [Arizona] Fall League. He had just come back, those were his first at-bats. So I anticipate he will look for his timing early this spring, because he really hasn't played in a year. So it's gonna be tough for him early. "He drives the ball the other way well. He can play both corner positions. So I think he's got a bright future. He reminds me a little bit of Thome, the way that Jim Thome used to hit the other way so well. Skoley does that good. And he takes the ahead-in-the-count fastball, breaking ball, and drives it to his pull side. But he stays on the ball well."
Nationals third base prospect Matt Skole is seeing his first game action since having Tommy John surgery in April, and he told the Washington Post that his swing is back at "100 percent." Skole is playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, and he is batting .184 with three home runs in 12 games.
Nationals third base prospect Matt Skole is unlikely to return from April Tommy John surgery during the regular season, MASN Sports reports. However, Nationals director of player development Doug Harris is hopeful Skole will be ready to play in fall or winter ball. Skole has been participating in "light baseball-related activities," such as one-handed swings and some light throwing.
Nationals third base prospect Matt Skole underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL in his left elbow and surgery to repair a wrist fracture Wedensday. General manager Mike Rizzo said after the surgery that Skole is expected to miss 3-to-4 months while recovering.
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