MLB pitcher Paul Skenes made his pro debut Thursday and seemed poised to contribute at the highest level.
The 21-year-old former LSU star and alleged boyfriend of Olivia Dunne enjoyed a scoreless first inning for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Pirates selected Skenes as the first pick of the 2023 MLB Draft, and he made his Florida Coast League debut this week.
Skenes didn’t allow a baserunner to get the fifth pick in this year’s draft, knocking out Walker Jenkins, the renowned Minnesota Twins pick.
The right-handed flame throw showed what made him such a desirable contender with his electric fastball, regularly hitting around 100 mph and toping out at 64 mph.
Rumor has it that Dunne and Skenes have been dating for a few months.
During the College Baseball World Series, the two were romantically connected.
While Skenes starred in the Tigers’ 2-1 series win over Florida, Dunne watched from the grandstand in Omaha, wearing her replica LSU jersey.
After the World Series, Skenes was drafted and Dunne celebrated the news with an Instagram Story post that read:
“Great day to be a tiger,” per Fox News.
The two also follow each other on Instagram.
Skenes had to travel to Florida to start his rookie work and Dunne appeared online in the same city last month.
Neither athlete has confirmed the relationship.
Dunne is among the most popular collegiate athletes in the country, earning an estimated $3.2 million annually from NIL advertisements.
She is beginning her senior year at LSU competing on the gymnastics team.
Dunne is currently the highest-paid female athlete in the country, earning a seven-figure sum.