Paul Skenes is heading to the big leagues.

Less than a year after helping LSU to a national title in the College World Series, Skenes will make his MLB debut.

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Wednesday that Skenes will pitch for the club on Saturday at home in PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs.

Skenes had a sensational 2023 season at LSU. A transfer from Air Force, Skenes tossed 122.2 innings over 19 starts, including 2 complete games. Skenes had the second-best ERA in the NCAA at 1.69. He struck out 209 batters to lead the NCAA and break LSU great Ben McDonald’s single-season record.

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Opposing batters hit just .165 against Skenes in 2023, as he allowed only 72 hits and 20 walks for an NCAA-leading WHIP of 0.75.

In Omaha, Skenes made two CWS starts, going 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and 21 strikeouts. He added College World Series Most Outstanding Player to his long list of honors, including National Pitcher of the Year, National Player of the Year and the Dick Howser Trophy.

The Pirates drafted Skenes No. 1 overall in the 2023 MLB Draft.

As many experts expected, Skenes’ stuff has translated well to the professional level. The 6-6 flamethrower has posted a 0.99 ERA and 45 strikeouts over 27.1 innings with AAA Indianapolis.

Skenes’ fastball grades an 80, the highest possible scouting mark. Between the heater and the slider, minor-league hitters have struggled to make contact against Skenes.

Pittsburgh could use a jolt to the lineup. The Pirates are 17-21 on the year, 5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers for fourth in the NL Central.