Pirates star prospect Paul Skenes dominates St. Paul Saints

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Right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates offense cannot support anyone with how they are performing. Pirates saw Jared Jones throw 5 scoreless, near perfect frames of Baseball against the New York Mets and yet the team still lost. So it seems the team is back to 2023 with the scripts once again reading "can he hit" every time a pitcher is spoken about.

Paul Skenes can hit, he had the discussion with the Pirates about potentially being a two-way player, but the obviously they decided after the Draft that the mound is going to be the best place for him. So, no he will not be hitting. However, he will be pitching and continues to show why he is considered such a can't miss prospect.

Skenes made a start against the the St. Paul Saints, the Minnesota Twins's Triple-A, on Thursday April 18th. This would mark his 4th officially start of the 2023 season and he once again held the opposing team off the scoreboard. Skenes threw 3 and 1/3 innings and struck out 8 hitters, while limiting the other side to just 3 base runners.

Just another dominant start from the Pirates top prospect. Skenes has blown away Triple-A, literally. He continues to sit in the triple digits with his fastball, hitting 102 miles per hour against the Saints. MLB Pipeline posted the following video on their X account (formerly Twitter) highlighting the dominant night the former LSU Tiger put together:

So far in Triple-A the Pittsburgh Pirates have seen Skenes has pitched 12 and 2/3 innings across 4 starts.

He has yet to give up a run while only allowing 9 total base runners to reach in those starts. Of course, the most notable stat for the hard throwing right-hander is that he has struck out 27 total batters already. That is over 2 per inning pitched. Paul Skenes is ready and it is only a matter of time until he is throwing in a Pirates uniform instead.