The Marlins signed their first-round pick, high school catcher Kyle Skipworth, the sixth pick overall, and will bring Skipworth to Dolphin Stadium this afternoon.
“We are especially pleased that we were able to get a deal done with Kyle in a timely manner,” said Jim Fleming, Marlins vice president of player development and scouting. “Kyle is an immense talent and we look forward to getting him started in our system.”
Skipworth, 18, posted a .543 (51x94) average with 13 home runs a 47 RBI in 30 games as a senior at Patriot High School in Riverside, CA. The 2008 Gatorade National Player-of-the-Year recorded 18 consecutive base hits from March 17-29, establishing a new California State batting record, while also reaching base safely in 25 consecutive plate appearances. Prior to his junior season, the 6’ 3”, 195 pounder was a member of the gold medal-winning 16-under Youth National Team that competed in the Pan American Games in Venezuela, where he drove in a tournament-leading 16 RBI. Going into his senior season he made the bronze medal-winning 18-under Youth National Team that participated in Ixtapa, Mexico.