James Skelton

#25 C / Colorado Rockies / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 5-11 Weight: 165 lb Age: 30 College: No College Bats/Throws L/R

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    • D-Backs deal for Skelton's rights

      News: Arizona traded right-handed pitcher Brooks Brown to Detroit for Rule-5 catcher James Skelton. The Diamondbacks sent Skelton to Double-A Mobile after hitting .150 with four runs scored, a double and one RBI. Brown, a non-roster invitee to Arizona's camp, had a 20.25 ERA with six earned runs in four games.
      Analysis: Brown and Skelton are nothing more than organizational depth at this point. Ignore them in all Fantasy leagues right now.
    • Skelton working on his versatility

      News: Diamondbacks C James Skelton, acquired from the Tigers in the Rule-5 draft, has worked on fielding ground balls and fly balls in the hopes of improving his versatility, according to the Arizona Republic. "I've seen him with good feet for a guy who has never played the infield since high school," coach Chip Hale said. "He has really soft hands. He worked hard at all the infield positions. Hitting fungos, he looked like he'd have no problem fielding the ball and throwing to first. Obviously, we don't know what it's going to look like in game situations. He definitely has the body and the feet and the hands to be able to play the infield."
      Analysis: As a Rule-5 pick, Skelton has to make the major-league roster if the Diamondbacks want to keep him, but he won't have much value to them as a third catcher. Becoming a utility player is really his only chance. The 23-year-old has impressed with his on-base ability in the minors, but he likely doesn't have an upside to become an everyday player in the big leagues. Ignore him in NL-only leagues.
    • D-Backs pick up C Skelton via Rule-5

      News: The Diamondbacks selected catcher James Skelton from the Tigers in the Rule-5 Draft. In five seasons, Skelton holds a .292 batting average with 155 runs scored, 45 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and 114 RBI in 276 games in the Tigers' organization. Skelton was selected as a Florida State League West Division All-Star this past season after being selected to the Midwest League's midseason and postseason All-Star squads in 2007 for West Michigan (A). He began this past season in high Class A, playing in 63 games, batting .307 with 43 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 23 RBI, before being promoted to Double-A on July 31. He saw action in 24 games for the SeaWolves, batting .294 with 22 runs scored, two doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI. Skelton was named the 27th-best prospect in the Tigers' organization prior to the 2008 season by Baseball America.
      Analysis: Skelton, 23, gets a chance to make the D-Backs roster this spring as a Rule-5 draftee. He is nothing more than a reserve option for the deepest of NL-only leagues at this point in his career. He doesn't yet project to be capable to play every day in the majors either in the short or long term.
    • Porcello among Tigers' 12 cuts

      News: The Tigers trimmed 12 players from their spring roster Wednesday: RHP Armando Galarraga and LHP Macay McBride were optioned to Triple-A, while RHP Rick Porcello was optioned to Class A; RHP Jeff Gerbe, C Joe Bowen, C Dusty Ryan, C James Skelton, 1B Jeff Larish, INF Daniel Worth, OF Matthew Joyce, OF Wilkin Ramirez and OF Clete Thomas were reassigned to minor league camp. Now only 46 players remain in major league camp.
      Analysis: Porcello is an elite pitching prospect who should be highly sought in long-term keeper leagues. He could make his debut later in the second half. These other players are organizational depth at this point, don't figure to impact Fantasy leagues in 2008 and can be ignored in all Fantasy leagues on Draft Day.
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