The Texas Rangers Select OF Jake Skole with the 15th Pick of the 2010 MLB Draft


UPDATE: From Perfect Game:

Jake Skole is a 2010 OF/2B with a 6’1’’, 185 lb. frame from Woodstock, GA who attends Blessed Trinity HS. Athletic build, well proportioned body. Displayed good arm strength and speed in the OF, clean and smooth actions, throws carry, covers lot of ground. Rotational swing, short stride, stays tall, short to ball, generates good bat speed, clocked 98mph off the bat in the game, also ran 3.79 to 1B on a bunt. 6.54 60. Should continue to improve. Plays hard. Highest level prospect. Good student.

UPDATE #2: 22nd pick is C Kellin Deglan

UPDATE #3 Compensation Round 45th pick is RHP Luke Jackson

UPDATE #4 Compensation Round 49th pick is 3B Mike Olt

Scouting report on the Rangers picks after the jump.



Kellin Deglan - C

Langley Blaze (British Columbia), Sr.

Scouting Report

Hitting ability: Deglan has a nice swing with a solid, balanced approach at the plate. He has the chance to be an average hitter or better. He wasn't overmatched by junior college pitching.

Power: It's more raw now, but he's got some leverage and should hit some home runs in the future.

Running speed: He's got below-average speed, but with surprising athleticism. He moves OK for a guy his size.

Base running: He's fine on the bases and isn't a clogger.

Arm strength: He can really catch and throw, with plus arm strength.

Fielding: He's very athletic behind the plate, with good hands and good flexibility.

Range: He's surprisingly agile with good range behind the plate.

Physical Description: Deglan is a physical specimen who's a little shorter and thicker than Joe Mauer, but he probably will hear the comparisons.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: All-around package as a left-handed-hitting catcher with good idea at the plate and behind it. He swings the bat well and has good defensive skills to boot.

Weaknesses: His body could become too thick and/or soft as he matures, which would hurt his flexibility and agility.

Summary: Every year, there tends to be at least a couple of intriguing players to come out of Canada. Deglan's got the chance to be at or near the top. He's got a good idea at the plate and behind it, with good overall hitting skills and future power projection. He's got a good arm and is surprisingly athletic and agile. He'll need to make sure he doesn't get too thick or soft with his big frame. Left-handed hitting catchers who actually can stay behind the plate tend to be a hot commodity, so expect Deglin's name to come up in early-round consideration.


From ESPN:

Luke Jackson

RHP | Calvary Christian, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Weight: 190 lbs.
Height: 6-2

Jackson's velocity has been creeping up all spring, to the point where he could go on day one in the draft. Jackson, who only began pitching in ninth grade, will hit 96 at times and sit 91-94 in most outings, with late life up in the zone.

While he's still growing into his frame, his arm works extremely well and he repeats it without trouble. He'll work to both sides of the plate with his fastball and pairs it with a big curveball with a nearly 12-to-6 break.

He's committed to the University of Miami, but has expressed interest in pro ball, and his combination of size, present velocity and an easy arm action should be very appealing to clubs in the top two rounds.




Mike Olt - 3B

Connecticut, Jr.

Scouting Report

Hitting ability: Olt has good bat speed and strength. He has a good idea at the plate, with good rhythm and approach.

Power: He has above-average raw power and plenty of game power. He was a little rusty this weekend, but got on track as it went on. Most of his power is to the pull side.

Running speed: He has below-average speed.

Base running: Despite not having great speed, he knows what he's doing on the basepaths and has a good success rate stealing bases.

Arm strength: A converted shortstop, he has more than enough arm from third.

Fielding: He's worked hard on his defense at third and should be fine to stay there. His footwork is fine, as are his hands.

Range: He moves well at third, with enough range to stay there.

Physical Description: Olt has a solid, strong frame, with broad shoulders. He looks the part of a big league hitter and third baseman

Medical Update: His sophomore season was broken up by an ankle injury early and a wrist injury later, but he appears healthy now.

Strengths: Size, strength, bat speed. Above-average power and the ability to stay at third base defensively. Good makeup and leadership skills.

Weaknesses: There's been a question as to how much he'll hit, but there's nothing mechanically that says he won't.

Summary: In a relatively thin year for college hitters, Olt stands out as one of the better options ... especially if a team is looking for power potential. Olt has plenty of pop, largely from the pull side. There's been some question about his abilities as an overall hitter, but he's got a solid approach and good bat speed. A converted shortstop, he's worked hard with his move to third and should be able to stay there. With injuries that shortened his sophomore season behind him, Olt profiles as a solid power-hitting third baseman at the big league level and everyone knows how hard they are to find.


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