Ex-Georgia Tech football recruit Jake Skole earns promotion from Texas Rangers

Ex-Georgia Tech football recruit Jake Skole appears to be on the fast track with the Texas Rangers.


The Rangers promoted Skole to the organization’s short-season Class A team in Spokane, Wash. Skole, who was one of five Georgia high schoolers (No. 15 overall) taken in the first round of last month’s baseball draft, needed less than two weeks of games with the Rangers’ rookie team in Arizona to show team officials he was ready for the next step.

“It’s good to know the organization thinks so highly to move me up to a higher level this soon,” Skole told the AJC on Sunday morning. “I’m thankful and excited for the new challenges to come in Washington.”

The speedy outfielder was traveling early Sunday so he could debut in Spokane’s July 4th game later in the evening. In a statement from the Spokane Indians, they wrote, “Considered to have five-tool potential, Skole has drawn comparisons to Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore and Detroit Tigers outfielder Johnny Damon.”

In eight games with the Arizona Rangers, Skole posted a .286 batting average with two doubles, 5 RBIs, and three stolen bases. Skole is already considered “major-league ready” with his defensive skills, and has no fielding errors.

Skole, who graduated from Blessed Trinity, bypassed his football scholarship to Georgia Tech after signing with the Rangers for a $1.557 million bonus.

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July 4th, 2010
4:07 pm


July 4th, 2010
4:27 pm

Congrats to this Atlanta native. But, how long does the ajc continue with “ex-Tech recruit” stuff? Seems rather silly and inconsequential. Almost as silly as that uga graduate tennis player recently at Wimbelton that was called an “ex-Bulldog”. Let it go already!


July 4th, 2010
7:48 pm

I agree. Let’s get back to Damon. When the policeman asked about the red panties, Damon held them up and said “this is worse than it looks”.

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July 4th, 2010
9:40 pm

Great for the young man.


July 4th, 2010
10:40 pm

wheres george lombard these days


July 5th, 2010
12:28 am

Understand GT got a commit from a OT 3 days ago. Ga boy. Not a word yet in the AJC? Congrats to Jake on his promotion. The real test comes when he gets to AA.

What up Skretch

July 5th, 2010
1:59 am

Damon should of just told the officer, “their my panties”, then he would have only the DUI to ’splain.


July 5th, 2010
3:05 am

As a GT alum and a future red panties entrepreneur, I can ONLY HOPE that UGA moves forward with yet another affirmative action, homey-hiring process. It is by far the best thing to happen as far as the rest of the SEC and GT fans are concerned. Keep pushing unqualified colored folks into the spotlight and let them run it into the ground just a little further. Sooner or later all the whitey will cave in for good and move to Brazil or some place and the colored folks can have the whole darned country.


July 5th, 2010
7:07 am

congrats to the kid but id rather hear more about uga’s problems,go jackets

Georgia Bred

July 5th, 2010
7:10 pm

My comment gets deleted because I pointed out an error but racist comments can stay? LOL That’s awful.


July 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

M isterwax, please explain how Damon Evans ran the UGA Athletic Program into the ground? They are one of the highest grossing Atheltic Programs in the country? Isn’t Tech’s program barely operating in the black?


July 9th, 2010
4:59 pm

Skole may prove to be a five tool player, but surely that would obviate the comparison with Johnny Damon.


September 9th, 2010
3:30 pm

Saw whinning on the Rangers site. This young man Jake is flat out an athlete. GT loses, but a gain for those of us whom had a chance to see and get to know him at Blessed Trinity HS in GA. Once he gets promoted from Spokane, ends up east of the MS. Go see him hit and flat out fly in the OF , I will have the car and my boy heading in that direction.