Single … Twitter: @MattSkole16 … attended Georgia Tech, where he hit 47 homers during his three-year career … his brother, Jake, was the Rangers' first-round selection (No. 15 overall) in the 2010 draft and played defensive back at Georgia ... Graduated in 2008 from Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Ga. … was named the Fulton County Player of the Year as a senior by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... His father, Michael, played collegiately at Georgia Southern University … grandfather, Tom, played professionally in the St. Louis Browns system in 1951-52.
Was limited by injuries to 64 games with Class AAA Syracuse ... Was on the disabled list from 5/18-31 and 6/12-29 with a strained left quad and from 7/1-8/17 with a strained right oblique ... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the Best Power Hitter in the Washington organization.
For the second season in a row, led Washington's Minor League system in home runs (24)...Also paced the system in RBI (78)...Hit .244 with a .337 on-base percentage and a .437 slugging percentage in 140 games for Triple-A Syracuse... Led the International League in games played (140) while ranking among hitters in RBI (2nd, 78), walks (T2nd, 66), home runs (3rd, 24) and runs scored (4th, 67)...Earned a 2016 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award at first base... Posted a .999 fielding percentage...Made only one error in 874 chances at first base...He also appeared in 41 games at third base, making just two errors in 100 chances...Following the season, hit .237 with five doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and 15 runs scored in 37 games with Naranjeros de Hermosillo of the Mexican Winter League.
Led Washington's minor-league system with home runs and ranked second with 82 RBI between Class AA Harrisburg and Class AAA Syracuse … was named Eastern League Player of the Week for 6/29-7/5 … was promoted to Syracuse on 7/25.
Ranked second in the Eastern league with 78 walks in 132 games at Harrisburg ... Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 4 Prospect in the Nationals system for the second straight year
Played in only 2 games with Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League after injuring left elbow in collision at first base on April 5 vs. Bowie...underwent successful UCLR sugery performed by Dr. Wiemi Dououguih on April 17 in DC...spent majority of '13 rehabbing, but retured to action with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League...hit .184 (9-for-49) with a double, triple, 3 homers, 7 RBI, 15 walks (tied 6th in AFL) and a .375 OBP in 15 AFL contests...in 14 Grapefruit League contests, posted a .406 OBP (6-for-24, 2 B, 5 RBI, 7 walks) in first big league camp with Washington.
Combined to hit .291 with 28 doubles, 27 home runs, 104 RBI, 99 walks and 84 runs scored in 120 games for Hagerstown of the Single-A South Atlantic League and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League...led the Nationals' system in home runs, while ranking 2nd in RBI...paced the South Atlantic League in home runs (27), OBP (.438), slugging percentage (.574) and walks (94), while ranking 2nd in RBI (92)...following the season, in 17 games with Salt River in the prestigious Arizona Fall League, batted .305 with 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 15 RBI and 13 walks...earned a spot on the AFL's All Prospect Team.
Hit .290 and tallied 29 extra-base hits in just 72 games with Auburn of the Short-season Single-A New York-Penn League in professional debut...led the NY-P League with 48 RBI to help Auburn reach the championship series...also ranked among the circuit's leaders in doubles (tied for first, 23), extra-base hits (tied 2nd), hits (tied 3rd, 79), games (tied 3rd, 72), total bases (4th, 119) and walks (tied 4th, 42).