Paul Skenes signs with Pirates for record $9.2 million signing bonus
PITTSBURGH, PA - Former LSU pitcher and the No. 1 overall pick in this year's MLB Draft Paul Skenes signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a record $9.2 million signing bonus. That breaks the draft record set by Spencer Torkelson in 2020 ($8,416,300).
With his 102 mph fastball and wipeout slider, Skenes was considered the best pitching prospect since Stephen Strasburg. The Dick Howser Trophy winner, Skenes struck out 48% of the batters he faced during SEC play.
- Paul Skenes, 2023, Pirates, $9.2 million
- Spencer Torkelson, 2020, Tigers, $8.42 million
- Jackson Holliday, 2022, Orioles, $8.19 million
- Druw Jones, 2022, Diamondbacks, $8.19 million
- Adley Rutschman, 2019, Orioles, $8.10 million
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