MLB: Paul Skenes shows glimpses of his talent in his early days

MLB: Paul Skenes shows glimpses of his talent in his early days
MLB: Paul Skenes shows glimpses of his talent in his early days

The moment didn’t seem too big for Paul Skenes.

Baseball’s top pitching prospect made a promising debut in the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates, working until the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday while providing a glimpse of what he has in store in the ‘future.

In four innings, Skenes delivered 17 pitches of 100 mph or more. He struck out seven batters and was charged with three earned runs.

As he left the court, the mustachioed 21-year-old received a loud ovation from a nearly sold-out crowd that included his even more famous girlfriend, LSU gymnast and influencer Livvy Dunne. .

Skenes became the first Pirates pitcher aged 21 or younger to record at least seven outs in his MLB debut since Nick Maddox struck out 11 in 1907, 95 years before Skenes was born.

“I think my stuff was really good,” Skenes said. I just need to get ahead of the hitters, more consistently, but I think it will come. »

Yasmani Grandal’s three-run homer finally gave the Pirates a 10-9 victory after a long rain delay in the game.

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