Pittsburgh Pirates Draft New Strategy and plans with Paul Skenes

Pirates Will Soon Promote Leading Prospect

Over the weekend, there was talk that Paul Skenes, a prized prospect, will soon be promoted to the big club by the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is the announcement that all baseball fans, including Pirates supporters, have been waiting for. On Friday’s Pirates telecast, it was first brought up in passing. The local papers have since repeated it. (Or the so-called local “papers”). Most of them are now digital.)

For the benefit of those readers who have been living under a rock since last summer, Skenes was the Pirates’ No. 1 draft pick, and the first pick overall, in the 2023 MLB June Amateur Draft. The six-foot-six, 235-pound right-hander was said to be the best pitching prospect since Stephen Strasburg in 2009. Pitching for the 2023 College World Series winner Louisiana State University, he had a season for the ages. In 19 games covering 122 2/3 innings, he was 13-2 with a 1.69 ERA, 0.750 WHIP, 209 strikeouts, and 20 walks. Doing the math, that’s 15.3 strikeouts per nine innings and a 10.45 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His fastball has been clocked as high as 102 mph.

Pirates will promote Skenes, who will soon be appearing at a ballpark near you.
After Skenes completes three more Triple-A starts, there is a rumor that the Pirates will promote him. There has been no word from the Pirates themselves regarding a schedule for Skenes’ arrival in Pittsburgh. It’s unclear if they are winging it or even have a specific date in mind. All they’ve discussed is a strategy to progressively increase his innings and throw total. But he’s reached the point in the minors where he has nothing left to prove. From their vantage point, opposing hitters would probably attest that he has appeared to be well-developed.

Skenes has not allowed a run in just 12 2/3 innings in four outings against the Indianapolis Indians. Of 47 hitters faced, he has struck out an incredible 27 of them. That is 19.2 strikeouts for every nine pitches. The most perplexing thing about him thus far is how he gave up five hits.
“I Wasn’t Content.”
Skenes is a competitor, as one might anticipate. Despite appearing to comprehend the software, he doesn’t like to end games when he’s winning due of a pitch restriction. Skenes struck out eight batters in 3 1/3 innings, including veteran big leaguer Tony Kemp, in his most recent start against the St. Paul Saints before Indians manager Miguel Perez pulled him from the game. Skenes had thrown just 65 pitches by that point, 34 of them

The Last Word

When the rumor becomes reality and the Pirates promote Skenes, it will liven up a fan base – and perhaps a team – demoralized by the Bucs’ present six-game losing streak. Of course, the big issue behind these recent losses has been a lack of offense. Skenes won’t help there. (Although he could. He was also used as a catcher and designated hitter in college, where he hit .367/.453/.669 with 24 HR and 81 RBI in 341 at-bats.)

An interesting sidelight is the fact that his girlfriend is gymnast Livvy Dunne, internet sensation and the NCAA’s top NIL earner. The Pirates should hope that the story of their romance becomes as wearisome to the sports public as that of Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift. That will mean Skenes and the Pirates have become regulars in that annual prime-time drama known as the baseball postseason.

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