A pair of Louisiana State University (LSU) pitching aces have swept the first and second rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Louisiana State University right-handed pitcher Paul Skins and outfielder Dylan Crews, both 21, were selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, respectively, with the first and second overall picks in the 2023 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday.
This is the first time in MLB Draft history that players from the same university have been selected first and second overall.
New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, who attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Trevor Bauer, who was banned from the MLB after sexual assault allegations, were the first and third overall picks in the 2011 draft.
The Skins have been exceptional in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) this year, going 12-2 with a 1.69 ERA.
Their 209 strikeouts led NCAA Division 1 in that category.
“Skins is considered the best prospect since Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals),” said MLB.com, “and like Strasburg, he has a fastball and slider as his specialty.”
Strasburg, the 2019 World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP), was drafted No. 1 overall by the Nats in 2009 and has gone 113-62 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 seasons.카지노사이트
Cruz, the No. 2 pick, hit .426 with 18 home runs, a 1.280 OPS (on-base percentage), 70 RBIs, and 100 runs scored in 71 games in the NCAA this year.