Copper coated and camo: Skenes shows off fab footwear

May 18th, 2024

Armed Forces Weekend has a particularly special meaning for Pirates phenom , the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft and MLB Pipeline’s No. 2 overall prospect.

Before deciding to follow his baseball dreams at LSU, Skenes was on a path toward a military career, attending the United States Air Force Academy. He also has two uncles who served in the Navy, and one who is currently serving in the Coast Guard.

With the Pirates set to celebrate all branches of the United States military this weekend, Skenes is paying homage to his background with a pair of custom military-themed cleats from Nike.

Skenes made his much-anticipated MLB debut on May 11 at home against the Cubs, striking out seven batters over four-plus innings of work and hitting 100 mph 17 times. He one-upped himself on Friday, striking out 11 Cubs over six no-hit innings to record the first victory of his career.