Nats Matt Skole among top 1B prospects in baseball

Nats Matt Skole among top 1B prospects in baseball
January 17, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Matt Skole may have played just two minor league games in 2013 due to a freak elbow injury, but the Nationals' prospect is still highly regarded around the league. 

The 24-year-old was listed as one of the best first baseman prospects in baseball by MLB.com on Friday, coming in 11th in the site's rankings. That's pretty high praise.

Here is what MLB.com says about the Georgia Tech-product:

Matt Skole (Nationals) got off to a terrific start as a pro, leading the short-season New York-Penn League in RBIs in 2011 and winning low Class A South Atlantic League MVP honors in 2012. Then, on the same play, a collision at first base, he sustained a broken left wrist and torn left (non-throwing) elbow, ending his season after two games and requiring Tommy John surgery. When healthy, Skole has displayed power to all fields and good patience.

If Skole had played a full season last year, he may have shown up higher on the list. His last full campaign in 2012 was very impressive, he hit .286/.438/.574 with 27 home runs, 104 RBI and 99 walks.

Skole will have to prove he's the same player this year after the surgery, and after he had an inconsistent showing in the Arizona Fall League. Skole had three home runs for the Mesa Solar Sox in 15 games, but hit just .184. 

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The Nationals took Skole in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB draft and in just two years he's developed into a top prospect. It will be interesting to see what Skole has in store for 2014.

For the full list, check out the rankings on MLB.com.