Third baseman Matt Skole was named the Most Valuable Player of the South Atlantic League, another honor for a Nationals’ farm system that has played a crucial role in their success this season.
Skole, who earned a late-season promotion to High-A Potomac, hit .286/.438/.574 with 27 home runs for Class A Hagerstown this season. He has started well at Potomac, hitting .327 with an .876 OPS in 13 games. At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Skole has a legitimate major league frame.
The brunt of credit attention Nationals receive for developing players derives from first overall picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. But their depth, so important this season, is more important and more difficult to cultivate. Late-round picks like Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore helped stabilize the major league roster this season.
Skole, taken last year in the fifth round out of Georgia Tech, could be the next in line in a couple seasons. He bats left-handed and fares well against left-handed pitchers. Team officials regard Skole as a confident who loves to play.