Pirates Prospect Paul Skenes Impresses During Much-Hyped MLB Debut

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skenes (30) during his MLB debut.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skenes (30) during his MLB debut. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Pirates got their first glimpse of the organization's future on Saturday when top prospect Paul Skenes took the mound for his highly anticipated MLB debut.

The flamethrowing right-hander was the No. 1 pick in the 2023 MLB draft back in July, and less than one year later he was toeing the rubber in one of baseball's oldest rivalries.

Skenes impressed in his first MLB appearance while surrendering three earned runs across four innings and striking out seven. He regularly hit triple digits with his fastball and showcased the other quality pitches in his arsenal against the Chicago Cubs.

Although he won't be credited with a decision for his 84-pitch debut, his performance was enough to leave MLB fans impressed. The baseball world had high praise for Skenes, with the 21-year-old drawing plenty of comparisons to Stephen Strasburg.


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