The Washington Nationals drafted Holy Innocents’ graduate Skye Bolt in the 26th Round, but he won’t be there anytime soon. His father Mike Bolt called it a good faith gesture.
“It was their way of saying, ‘We will follow you in North Carolina. Remember us," Mike Bolt said. "And we will, because many high-end ball players didn’t get drafted today because teams didn’t want to waste a draft or money."
Skye Bolt was in talks with Major League Baseball teams over the last few days but finally decided to follow through with scholarship plans at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
Having played baseball since the age of 5, Skye is a little disappointed that he is not signed to a MLB team, said Mike Bolt. “But today he worked out with his trainer for two hours. He is hitting as we speak. And he is focused on the next step, getting prepared for UNC.”
Bolt said baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement likely prevented interested teams, such as the Cleveland Indians, from meeting the numbers that the family hoped for.
Skye plans to get bigger and faster at UNC and emerge as a first round draft pick in his junior year, he added. “UNC has been phenomenal. They’ve been on the phone with us the last two days. They’ve started to build their program around Skye. We are excited about contributing to the program,” he said.