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Top Paul Skenes News

  • Pirates' Paul Skenes: Invited to MLB spring training

    The Pirates announced Tuesday that Skenes received an invitation to major-league spring training.

    Pittsburgh will also have fellow top prospects Termarr Johnson, Bubba Chandler, Jared Jones and Anthony Solometo in big-league camp. Skenes, though, is the headliner as the first overall pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft and the consensus top pitching prospect in baseball. The 21-year-old tallied 129.1 innings between college and the minors last season, peaking at Double-A Altoona, so workload shouldn't be much of a hindrance in 2024. There's a good chance Skenes will make his major-league debut at some point during the upcoming season.

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  • Pirates' Paul Skenes: Shut down for season

    Double-A Altoona placed Skenes on the development list Tuesday. "He's checked all of the boxes we aimed for him to check during the 2023 season," the Pirates announced in a press release. "The goal now is to focus on a complete offseason in preparation for his first full professional year in 2024."

    Skenes was selected as the No. 1 overall pick out of LSU this past July and allowed four earned runs while tallying 10 strikeouts across his first 6.2 minor-league innings between the rookie-level Florida Complex League, Single-A Bradenton and Double-A Altoona. He should enter 2024 as one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.

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  • Pirates' Paul Skenes: Bypassing High-A, reaches Double-A

    The Pirates promoted Skenes from Single-A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona on Monday, Justice delos Santos of reports.

    The No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft has already ascended to his third different minor-league affiliate, bypassing the South Atlantic League entirely after brief stops in the rookie-level Florida Complex League and at Bradenton. The 6-foot-6 right-hander from LSU overwhelmed hitters during his two outings in the Florida State League, allowing just one baserunner and striking out four of the 10 batters he faced. Given the hefty workload he handled this spring and summer during LSU's run to the College World Series, Skenes will likely have his innings managed carefully at Altoona for the rest of the season. He's set to make his Double-A debut Saturday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Fullerton, CA
Age: 21
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R