Paul Skenes, top arm in college baseball, selected No. 1 overall in 2023 MLB Draft
Paul Skenes is heading to Pittsburgh!
The top arm in college baseball this past season was a lock for a top 3 pick in this year’s draft. The Air Force transfer lit up college baseball, winning the 2023 SEC Pitcher of the Year Award on the way to a national championship.
Skenes also won the Dick Howser Trophy, the 2023 National Player of the Year Award from both D1Baseball and Collegiate Baseball and the National Pitcher of the Year Award from ABCA.
Thought we were done? Oh, no. Skenes was also a consensus First-Team All-American, a First-Team ALL-SEC selection and the 2023 College World Series’ Most Outstanding Player.
The Pittsburgh Pirates draft LSU RHP Paul Skenes with the #1 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft ?☠️ pic.twitter.com/hFBJTdSoD4
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 9, 2023
Skenes did work as a 2-way player at Air Force, which might be something for Pittsburgh to consider. At Air Force last season Skenes totaled 48 hits with 13 home runs and 38 RBI. He did not take an at-bat for the Tigers in 2023.
Skenes is the 2nd No. 1 overall pick in LSU’s program history.