The 2023 MLB Draft is underway and history was made after the first two picks. Selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates was LSU pitcher Paul Skenes. His teammate, outfielder Dylan Crews, was picked second by the Washington Nationals. This is the first time in the history of the draft that a pair of teammates were selected number one and number two overall.
LSU teammates Paul Skenes and Dylan Crews make MLB Draft history.
Leading up to the draft there was little doubt that Paul Skenes and Dylan Crews would be selected first and second overall. Both are the best players at their respective position groups and played huge roles in LSU’s 2023 College World Series Championship. The biggest question was which order would they be taken.
Taking this bit of history a step further, the last time a pair of teammates went back-to-back in the first round was during the 2017 MLB Draft. That year University of Virginia players Pavin Smith and Adam Haseley were selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies.
Both the Pirates and Nationals are getting exceptional players with their selections. As experienced college players with impressive resumes there is some speculation that they could make their MLB debuts as soon as 2024. Odds are that Skenes and Crews will be seeing each other again on the ball diamond in the near future.