• by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Nationals' Matt Skole: 'I'm eating healthy and working hard'

    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.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Matt Skole draws Jim Thome comparison

    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."

  • by Al Melchior | Data Analyst

    Matt Skole fully recovered from Tommy John surgery

    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.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Matt Skole unlikely to return during regular season

    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.

  • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

    Matt Skole out at least three months

    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.

  • by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

    Matt Skole has fracture in wrist

    An X-ray has revealed Nationals third-base prospect Matt Skole has a fracture in his wrist. Skole injured his arm during Friday's game, and was initially placed on the 7-day minor-league disabled list. His injury timetable is still unclear, but he will miss multiple weeks. Skole has emerged as a prospect in the Nationals' system after hitting .292/.425/.555 in 598 plate appearances last season. He jumped three levels last year, ending the season in Double-A. The Nationals are set at third, with Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon in the organization, but Skole has played some first base in the minors.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Nationals' Double-A affiliate loaded with talent

    Double-A Harrisburg will open the season with nine of the Nationals' top 30 prospects on its roster, according to The Washington Post. Among those nine prospects are the team's top three hitting prospects ranked by Baseball America. They are Anthony Rendon (No. 1), Brian Goodwin (No. 3) and Matt Skole (No. 4). They will be joined by pitcher prospect Nathan Karns (No. 5).

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Nationals make second round of cuts

    The Nationals made their second round of cuts Thursday, starting with optioning outfielder Eury Perez to Triple-A Syracuse. They also sent Nathan Karns, Sandy Leon and Anthony Rendon to Double-A Harrisburg, while reassigningPatrick McCoy, Will Rhymes and Matt Skole to minor-league camp.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Matt Skole sent to minors camp

    The Nationals reassigned corner infield prospect Matt Skole to minor-league camp Thursday. Skole hit .250 (6 for 24) with two doubles, four runs and five RBI in 14 spring games. He also drew seven walks. Baseball America has Skole ranked as the Nationals' fourth-best prospect, while MLB.com considers Skole the team's 11th-best prospect.

  • Skole making strides for Nats

    Nationals prospect Matt Skole was the team's minor league player of the year last season as he batted .291 with 27 home runs, 104 RBI in 119 games between Class A Hagerstown and Potomac. MLB.com reports he has impressed so far in camp by showing up in great shape and improving his footwork at third base. "He has a great eye. He really knows where the ball is," assistant general manager Bob Boone said Monday. "His improvement from the year before to last year, defensively, he really improved at third base. In the Arizona Fall League, he played first base and he likes it. He is going to be a decent defender. I think he is really going to hit. He is a hitter first and the power comes second."