‘No. 1 overall pitcher’ promoted to high-ceiling Double-A to surprise September call-up?

Paul Skins, 21, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first-round pick in the 2023 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, has had a remarkable run of success after dominating the college ranks.토토사이트

Pittsburgh promoted Skins to Double-A on Aug. 22, MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, reported the same day.

After being selected by Pittsburgh in the First-Year Player Draft in July, Skins appeared in one game in the Rookie League and two in Single-A. In three games, he pitched four innings of one-hit ball and struck out five.

However, Pittsburgh decided that Skins no longer needed to be in Single-A. They promoted him to Double-A. A promotion to Triple-A sometime this season is entirely possible.

Skins, a right-handed hard-throwing pitcher, was Pittsburgh’s first-round pick after excelling in college. His contract is worth a whopping $9.2 million.

This year, he pitched 122 2/3 innings in 19 games for Louisiana State University, posting a 12-2 record and a 1.69 ERA.

He has a four-seam fastball that tops out at 99 mph, a slider in the mid-80s, and a changeup in the low-80s.

As a result, Skins is already ranked No. 3 in MLB.com’s midseason prospect rankings. Behind the likes of Jrue Holiday and Jackson Shurio. Among pitchers, he’s No. 1.

His major league debut is expected to be in the 2024 season. If he doesn’t struggle in the minors, there’s no reason to delay his call-up too much.

And given that Pittsburgh has effectively given up on making the postseason this year, there’s a good chance he’ll make it to the majors in September’s expansion roster.

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