Tarik Daniel Skubal, born November 20, 1996, is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Major League Baseball Detroit Tigers (MLB).
Skubal went to Kingman Academy of Learning in Kingman, Arizona, then went on to play collegiate baseball at Seattle University. He missed the majority of the 2016 season and all of 2017 due to Tommy John surgery.
Skubal spent his first professional season with the Gulf Coast Tigers, Connecticut Tigers, and West Michigan Whitecaps, pitching to a combined 3–0 record and 0.40 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched.
He started 2019 with the Lakeland Flying Tigers. He would impress throughout the season and earn a call-up to the Erie SeaWolves on July 5. Over his first three starts with Erie, he held a 0.56 ERA with 34 strikeouts and gave up just five hits in sixteen innings.
His performances over the season would earn him a jump in the MLB.com 2019 Prospect Watch from a preseason #20 ranking in the Tigers’ organization to a #4 spot at the midseason update on July 27.
He would finish the season at the Double-A level with a 2–3 record, 2.13 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and with opponents hitting just .168 off him. Overall in 2019 (two minor league levels), Skubal struck out 179 batters in only 122+2⁄3 innings.
Tarik Skubal got married to Jessica Vallandingham in November 2021, but the beautiful couple does not have any children at the moment.