Fresh off a College World Series victory, LSU baseball stars Paul Skenes and Dylan Crews made history Sunday night in the MLB Draft when the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals made the two first picks.
The Pirates selected right-handed pitcher Skenes with the first overall pick. The Nationals followed up by taking outfielder Crews with the second pick.
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Skenes and Crews are the first fair of college teammates to go 1-2 in draft history.
The hard-throwing Skenes went 12-3 with 209 strikeouts in 122 innings while helping LSU win the national championship. He was the first college pitcher to be taken with the first pick since Casey Mize by the Detroit Tigers in 2018. His slot value is expected to be around $9.7 million.
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He won Division 1 National Baseball Player of the Year and SEC Pitcher of the Year awards.
Crews hit .426 with 18 home runs while playing center for the Tigers. He went on a 26-game hitting streak as part of his incredible year in the purple and gold.
He finished No. 1 in the nation in runs scored (100) and walks (71). He won the 2023 Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in the US, as well as the SEC Male Athlete of the Year.
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It’s the second straight year the Pirates have the No. 1 pick in the draft. Last year, Pittsburgh selected receiver Henry Davis with the first pick. He made his major league debut last month.
Associated Press contributed to this report.