The baseball world and fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates are abuzz with speculation as the possibility of Paul Skenes making his major league debut this year gains traction. After an impressive showcase in the Florida Complex League (FCL) and being ranked the #3 prospect in all of Basseball by MLB Pipeline, many are wondering when we will see the top overall pick.
Skenes' standout performance in the FCL, including his dominant strikeout and a blazing fastball that sat around 100, has showcased his readiness for higher levels of play. His ability to handle top prospect Walker Jenkins, by striking him out, underlines his potential. Still, it was evident that Skenes was more advanced than those players in the FCL, as he should be.
Every year toward the end of the Major League Baseball season, the Pittsburgh Pirates give a pitching prospect a cup of coffee in the Big Leagues. In previous years it was Roansy Contreras and Luis Ortiz. Could Paul Skenes be in line to be this year's promotion? While the transition from FCL to the majors is a significant leap, Skenes' exceptional talent and rapid growth might just warrant the opportunity.
Paul Skenes very well could have the best stuff out of any pitcher currently on the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The excitement surrounding Skenes' journey is palpable, and fans are eager to witness the young pitcher's ascent to the majors. According to Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette that could be happening sooner rather than later. Mackey told Josh Rowntree of 93.7 The Fan that it is not out of the question for Skenes to throw in the Majors this season:
While nothing is certain, the mere prospect of Skenes making his debut this year is a testament to his remarkable progress. Also, it would maybe suggest the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to go into 2024, not only for Skenes but as an Organization looking to push a better product on the field. Skenes will likely make a few more minor-league starts. If there is going to be a move I would expect it to come this September when rosters are expanded.