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Pirates’ Paul Skenes to donate $100 to Gary Sinise Foundation for every strikeout this season

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Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospect Paul Skenes will embark on a noble mission this baseball season as he hopes to make it to the major leagues at some point this year.

Skenes pledged Wednesday to raise money for the Gary Sinise Foundation to help support veterans and first responders. He hopes to raise $100,000 for his cause.

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Paul Skenes of the Pittsburgh Pirates throws a pitch during a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at LECOM Park on March 14, 2024, in Bradenton, Florida. (Christophe Pasatieri/Getty Images)

“Join me this season in supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation in raising funds for our nation’s veterans and first responders,” he wrote on X.

“I am personally donating $100 for every strikeout I record this season,” he added, advising his supporters to join him and donate as well.

Actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise launched her foundation in 2011 after spending the previous decade volunteering with other organizations. Over the past decade, the foundation has helped expand service efforts, providing the military, veteran and first responder communities with additional fundraising and awareness.

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Sinise and Gold Star families

Gary Sinise meets Gold Star Families at the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express Send-Off Celebration at Los Angeles International Airport on December 8, 2018. (Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images)

Skenes is expected to start the 2024 season in the minors at Triple-A Indianapolis. The Indians have not yet named a starter for their first game of the season, which is Friday on the road against the Louisville Bats.

Indianapolis opens its home schedule Tuesday against the Memphis Redbirds.

It’s unclear how long Skenes will remain in the minors. He is one of a handful of highly touted prospects leaving college in 2023.

Skenes pitched for LSU. In 2023, he won the National Pitcher of the Year award and the College World Series MVP. He is also romantically linked to the LSU gymnast. Olivia Dunné.

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Paul Skenes looks down

Paul Skenes of the Pittsburgh Pirates warms up before the Baltimore Orioles game at Ed Smith Stadium on February 29, 2024, in Sarasota, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Pittsburgh isn’t expected to go far just yet, but Skenes will likely be able to bring more fans to PNC Park once the call-up is made.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz contributed to this report.

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