Paul Skenes




Air Force
El Toro (HS) • CA
6-6 • 225LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Saddleback Cowboys


2020 National

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USA CNT- A 2023 armed with a mid-90s fastball and 70-grade split CH. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Skenes made easy work of both left and right handed hitters. The imposing right-hander showed the ability to pitch with his 94-96 mph higher-spin (2400 rpm) fastball up in the zone, while dropping his 84-85 splitter below the knees for swing/miss. His feel to spin an 83-84 short-breaking slider was limited as he was consistently on the side of the baseball. A two-way player for the CNT, Skenes showed a long swing and marginal bat speed in the batter’s box. It did not have the current look of a stroke made for success at the pro level. Cape Cod- When he wasn't flying fighter jets or pitching for the USA CNT this summer, the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Skenes found time to log eight innings for the Gatemen. In those innings, he accumulated 11 strikeouts and allowed 12 hits while walking five, resulting in a not so pretty 5.62 ERA. He also made his way into the batter's box for a few plate appearances, finishing 2-for-14 with nine strikeouts. Although he's a two-way talent for the Falcons, he profiles as a late inning reliever at the professional level. At his best on the bump, Skenes will touch triple digits and drop a plus split-CH into the zone for swing/miss. He was featured earlier this summer in our USA Baseball Insider: Scouting the Pitchers.


Another outstanding showing from the physical catcher who has a strong catchers frame, with ample room for additional good weight. Skenes continues to rise above the rest of the competition and separate himself as one of the top catching prospects in the 2020 class. Batting practice session was loud and he stood out in the catching portion showing his ability to receive with firm wrists and soft hands. Pop times were in the 1.9 – 2.1 range. Had an opposite field single in the live session seen below, then proceeded to steal second on the first pitch, demonstrating that he is not just a bat, but a well-rounded baseball player. Really excited to see his development going into his senior campaign.  


Skenes is showing that he may be one of the best catchers in his class despite his under-the-radar emergence and his commitment to the Air Force Academy. The former a case of priorities while the latter is a result of them. Academics are a priority both for Skenes and the Air Force Academy, making this a great fit for both parties. He is a physical, soft handed catcher with a power arm that could work on the mound if catching doesn't work out, and there's no indication it won't. Skenes controls the running game with his arm that popped 1.89 - 2.00 consistently throughout the game. He also provides power at the plate for the offense as demonstrated by his home run into the wind.

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