It wasn’t too long ago when guys like Andrew Miller, Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, and Matt Harvey were leading the Diamond Heels to Omaha, NE and the college world series. Mike Fox always seems to find those few special players that can really turn great teams into elite ones that turn in every season and compete for a national championship. This year is no exception. Young freshman Skye Bolt, is the newest Tar Heel superstar in a team, right now, that is best in the country by far. Bolt was listed by KIH as the Tar Heel freshman to watch at the beginning of the year and he certainly has not disappointed and currently second in the conference in batting with an average above .400 and has posted 4 HR’s and 17 RBI’s.
Bolt was one of the top freshman in the country coming out of high school and opted to come to North Carolina even though he was drafted in the 26th round of the MLB Draft to the Washington Nationals. His decision has been an absolute blessing for the Heels, who have only lost 2 out of their 28 games thus far this season, because Bolt has played a huge role not only in the middle of the lineup, but in the outfield as well. Bolt has come in and challenged preseason All American Colin Moran with his bat which only means that UNC is capable of scoring tons of runs. Bolt has incredible power potential for a freshman and can also put the ball in play when his team simply needs him to drive runs in.
Perhaps the young ball player’s best attribute has been his speed. It’s already a nightmare for opposing pitchers just keeping him off the base paths, but once he gets on, he’s always a threat to steal. That added dimension to his overall game only makes it more difficult for pitchers to retire the Heels at the plate. That speed also makes Bolt such a dynamic defensive option in the outfield. He patrols centerfield like most pro veterans and has yet to make an error. His speed allow him to cover the gaps so well and his sure hands have robbed several would be doubles from opposing hitters.
The Tar Heels are well on their way to clinching one of the coveted top 8 seeds, that allow for home field advantage, in the NCAA Tournament later in May and June. Skye Bolt has been a guy that can be largely attributed to that success. UNC should be one of the favorites, not only to reach the college world series, but to win it and Bolt is surely going to be a key cog in that run.