Tarik Daniel Skubal (born November 20, 1996) is an American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (MLB). Skubal attended Kingman Academy of Learning in Kingman, Arizona, then attended Seattle University for college baseball.
After undergoing Tommy John’s surgery, he missed the most of the 2016 season and all of 2017. Despite the injury, he was picked in the 29th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he did not sign and returned to Seattle. He was later picked in the ninth round of the 2018 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers.
Skubal made the Opening Day roster out of spring training on March 24, 2021, and will be part of the Tigers’ starting rotation, according to new Tigers manager A. J. Hinch. Skubal struck out for the first six outs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 25, finishing with 10 strikeouts in five innings of work.
Skubal reached 200 career strikeouts in his first 38 outings against the Kansas City Royals on September 25, faster than any pitcher in Tigers team history. Skubal appeared in 31 games (29 starts) in 2021, going 8–12 with a 4.34 ERA and striking out 164 hitters in 149+13 innings.
Tarik Skubal agreed to terms with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year, $713,600 deal, with $713,600 guaranteed and an annual average salary of $713,600. Skubal will receive a base pay of $713,600 and a total income of $713,600 in 2022. His net worth is reported to be between $1 million and $3 million.