The Washington Nationals drafted third baseman Matt Skole in the fifth round during the 2011 MLB Draft. Skole hit the ground running in their farm system in 2012, putting up huge numbers between both their Class-A and High-A affiliates.
Skole finished 2012 with a batting line of .291/.426/.559 with 27 long balls and 104 RBI’s in 119 games between the two. Now he missed the entire 2013 season after needing Tommy John Surgery, something no professional baseball player ever wants to go through.
But according to the Washington Post, the young prospect was very impressive during batting practice. Skole launched several balls over the fence as first year manager Matt Williams compared his playing ability to former teammate Jim Thome.
So with the Nationals thinking about moving Zimmerman from third base to third, that will open things up for Skole. Nothing will happen right away, but the young third baseman has a bright future ahead of him.
If all goes well and he gets back to tearing the cover off the ball in the Minors this year, he’ll be on the Opening Day roster in 2015.