It looks like the Marlins’ top pick of the 2008 draft will make the roster and get his shot at MLB service – finally.
Kyle Skipworth has shown an array of defensive abilities behind the plate that are sufficient to win him the backup catching spot when the Marlins break for the regular season in about a week. The opportunity came after an injury to Jeff Mathis, slated as the Marlins’ backup catcher after coming over in the trade with the Blue Jays back in November. Mathis should miss significant time and the Marlins are scrambling to find a backup and Skipworth happens to be that guy.
His offense is not quite where the team would prefer it but Skipworth has shown excellent power in his minor league career. His strikeouts tend to be high and he doesn’t seem to have a consistent approach at the plate to effective just yet. Most likely, he will cut his teeth as the backup behind Rob Brantly, and whether or not he can do anything offensively will be a bonus. Skipworth projects to hold the spot warm until Mathis gets back, then head back down for some more seasoning but if the kid can surprise a bit, he may be able to hold his spot even when Mathis comes back.