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.
Ceiling: 1.0-win player
Floor: Replacement Level
Grade: Third Round
Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey A. Camarati via goheels.com.