Blessed Trinity’s Jake Skole confirmed with the AJC that he hopes to sign with the Texas Rangers as early as this weekend.
He was drafted at No. 15 and is flying with six family members — including older brother and All-ACC third baseman Matt Skole of Georgia Tech — to Texas on Wednesday to meet with team officials.
“Yes, I think we’re close to signing,” Skole said. “By the time I get down there and figure everything out, I should be ready by the end of next week or so to go wherever they send me.”
Skole signed a football scholarship with Georgia Tech in February and spoke with coach Paul Johnson late Monday night. Skole has decided to bypass football after his early selection.
“Coach Johnson was real nice about it and congratulated me,” Skole said. “He understands that it’s a special situation. He was first class, and as happy for me as any of my friends and family.”
Why are things progressing so quickly between Skole and Rangers? “I have a good relationship with their area scouting director. We talked numbers a little already and we’re close,” said Skole, who declined to reveal any specifics about possible bonus money.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Skole said the Rangers may start him off with the club’s rookie team in Arizona or send him directly to the low-Class A team in Spokane, Wash.