Bolt, Skye

2015 Draft Profile: Skye Bolt

School: North Carolina; Class: Junior

Position: CF; B/T: B/R

Height: 6-2; Weight: 180

Previously Drafted: Washington Nationals, 26th round, 2013

 

Background: While not quite on the same level as Carlos Rodon’s production as a true freshman – though he came close to matching Alex Bregman’s impressive debut – Skye Bolt was a revelation for UNC in 2013, slugging an impressive .321/.418/.491 with 14 doubles, a pair of triples, six homeruns, and 10 homeruns (in 13 attempts) – all the while missing some time with a broken foot. The production was enough to earn him Freshman All-America honors by Baseball America, Perfect Game, NCBWA, and Louisville Slugger.

Bolt, along with Bregman, would earn the rare nod to make the Collegiate National Team as a true freshman. UNC’s center fielder would bat a paltry .120/.214/.280.

Bolt would follow that up with a bit of downer season in 2014, hitting a mediocre .257/.373/.353 while seeing a decline in nearly every counting category (nine doubles, zero triples, and four homeruns). He would also disappoint in his Cape Cod League action that summer as well (.205/.369/.241).

This season, the switch-hitting former Nationals’ draft pick has landed squarely in between his first two campaigns; he’s batted .259/.383/.449 with nine doubles, 10 homeruns, and seven stolen bases.

 

Projection: Let’s ignore Bolt’s breakout – and unmatched – freshman season for a moment. Over his last 526 trips to the plate for North Carolina he’s batted a ho-hum .258/.378/.400. Add in his brief failure as on Team USA (.120/.214/.280) and his disappointing showing with the Harwich Mariners in the Cape (.205/.369/.241) and it clearly looks like his freshman campaign was the outlier, not the norm to which he should be measured.

Bolt shows one above-average- to plus-skill: his nose for first base via the free pass; he’s sporting a career walk rate of 14.0%. Otherwise, the hit tool has been average at best and the power slightly better.

He looks like a fourth/fifth outfielder-type in the professional ranks, something along the lines of J.B. Shuck or Collin Cowgill.

 

Ceiling:  1.0-win player

Floor:  Replacement Level

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: Third Round

 

 

Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey A. Camarati via goheels.com.



About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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