In a long-awaited update, Pittsburgh Pirates top draft pick and prospect Paul Skenes has made his presence felt with a live bullpen session in Bradenton. Chosen as the first overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2023 draft, Skenes is generating considerable buzz as he gears up for his debut in the Florida Complex League (FCL). Ben Cherington revealed some of their plans for the big right-handed pitcher
Skenes enters the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization as their top prospect. With his stuff, he is actually a top-10 prospect in Baseball already. His fastball is consistently clocking in the upper 90s and occasionally reaching triple digits. Complementing his fastball, Skenes offers two distinct types of sliders, both being plus. His repertoire also includes a plus changeup. As a result of these exceptional attributes, anticipation among fans and experts is running high, fueling elevated expectations for the young right-hander's future performances.
Despite his immense talent, the Pittsburgh Pirates'management has opted for a gradual introduction to professional play.
Skenes will initially take the mound in the FCL, allowing him to refine his abilities and adjust to the demands of the pro circuit. While some might argue that his capabilities surpass the FCL level, this calculated approach ensures a solid foundation for his future growth.
What makes Skenes' assignment to the FCL intriguing is his opportunity to pitch at the Pirate City facility. This move not only enables the Pirates' staff to closely track his progress but also places Skenes in an environment optimized for early development. While the level of competition is not ideal, it is important for the Bucs to explore Skenes as much as possible, being in Pirates City will allow them to do that. What is a start or two there in the grand scheme of things?
Skenes' transition from college standout to professional player marks a pivotal moment in his career. as well as for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Players like Dylan Crews and Wyatt Langford have already made impacts in the minor league ranks. Of course, they are hitting prospects, it always takes a little longer to get the pitcher's arms built back up. Either way, let's see how this place out going forward.