"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."
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.
Skole has been participating in "light baseball-related activities," such as one-handed swings and some light throwing.
An X-ray has revealed
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.
Double-A Harrisburg will open the season with nine of the
Among those nine prospects are the team's top three hitting prospects ranked by Baseball America. They are
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