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Paul Skenes reveals how girlfriend Olivia Dunne helped him deal with the pressure ahead of his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates TODAY


Paul Skenes, the top overall pick in the 2023 MLB draft, opened up about how his girlfriend — Livvy Dunne — helped him before his first major league start.

Skenes is one of the most hyped pitching prospects in recent years — which, of course, comes with a lot of pressure.

In an interview with MLB Network, Skenes says Dunne has helped him tremendously when it comes to dealing with that pressure.

“It’s been great, she’s helped me in a lot of ways in terms of dealing with all the hype, I mean, if you will, and dealing with everything that goes on around being a professional athlete because she’s kind of lived it. So that was great,” Skenes said.

Just last month, Dunne did something Skenes did at LSU: win a national championship.

Pittsburgh Pirates phenom Paul Skenes will make his MLB debut on Saturday

Skenes says his girlfriend Livvy Dunne helped him cope with the pressure of the moment

Skenes says his girlfriend Livvy Dunne helped him cope with the pressure of the moment

Skenes says Dunne 'helped me in a lot of ways in terms of dealing with all the hype'

Skenes says Dunne ‘helped me in a lot of ways in terms of dealing with all the hype’

Dunne helped LSU win the national gymnastics championship, the school's first ever title

Dunne helped LSU win the national gymnastics championship, the school’s first ever title

Skenes was phenomenal at the minor league level with a 0.99 ERA over seven starts

Skenes was phenomenal at the minor league level with a 0.99 ERA over seven starts

Dunne was part of the Tigers’ title-winning team that took home the first-ever national all-around championship.

While Dunne did not participate in the contest, she watched her teammates lead LSU to victory.

Skenes did the same in 2023, taking home the College World Series Most Outstanding Player award.

It’s unclear what’s next for Dunne, as she’s finished her senior year at LSU.

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She is still eligible for the Covid year, but has not yet publicly committed to returning to LSU or any other future plans.

As for Skenes, he has dominated the minor leagues since being drafted by the Pirates.

So far this season, Skenes has posted a 0.99 ERA with 45 strikeouts over 27 and one-third innings in seven starts while pitching with the Indianapolis Indians at the Triple-A level.

He’s set for a battle with the Chicago Cubs’ Justin Steele — who has eight strikeouts and a 0.96 ERA in two starts.



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