Ex-Georgia Tech FOOTBALL recruit on the brink of baseball debut (Updated)

Blessed Trinity graduate Jake Skole will start in center field in Monday night’s season opener for the Arizona Rangers, the rookie-league baseball team for the Texas Rangers.

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Skole bypassed his football scholarship to Georgia Tech after he was drafted No. 15 overall by the Rangers, signing for a bonus of $1.577 million.

“I like the way things worked out,” Skole told the AJC. “The Rangers signed a lot of guys early. It’s better to be here working hard to make it to the big leagues rather than staying at home and waiting out a contract. For me, this way is better.”

Before reporting to Arizona, Skole hung out for a few days with his older brother, Georgia Tech All-ACC third baseman Matt Skole. Matt is a top prospect for next year’s draft and left this weekend for the Cape Cod summer league.

“I can’t wait to play … I haven’t played in a game since the high school season ended. I’m ready to get some [plate appearances],” Jake said. He will bat in the No. 3 spot for the Rangers.

Skole said he is almost fully recovered from a high ankle sprain, which caused him to miss most of Blessed Trinity’s regular season. If he plays well over the next few weeks, Skole said he could be promoted to the Rangers’ Class A affiliate in Spokane, Wash.

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    8 comments Add your comment

    Billy O

    June 20th, 2010
    11:12 pm

    This young man’s attitude is wonderful……GT lost out on a good one!

    Buzz29

    June 21st, 2010
    1:03 am

    Have fun on the bus trips kid. Invest that money wisely. Hope to see you in the Majors soon.

    Paddy

    June 21st, 2010
    7:17 am

    Good luck and we all hope to see you in the ML’s in a few years. I am with Buzz29, buy yourself a good used truck and put the rest in the bank and forget about it.

    Huh?

    June 21st, 2010
    8:53 am

    Who are the “LA Angles”? A geometry team?

    POAD

    June 21st, 2010
    9:04 am

    Burdell, PhD

    June 21st, 2010
    10:42 am

    Good luck Jake. Go out and earn that bonus…nothing but hard work from here on out!

    goatD

    June 21st, 2010
    11:14 am

    Much as I hate to say it, you made the right choice, Jake. The rest is good attitude and doing the work.

    We_Run_This_Country

    June 22nd, 2010
    8:01 am

    Skole was 1-2 in his debut…not bad! Keep it up Jake!