The first day of action in MLB’s new Spring Breakout series saw some serious heat from last year’s No. 1 pick and some less than serious production values in the other game.

The biggest performer of the day was Pittsburgh Pirates rising star Paul Skenes, who was selected first in the 2023 MLB Draft and has since impressed with his triple-digit fastball and wipeout secondary offerings.

Paul Skenes throws scoreless inning in Spring Training debut

That continued Thursday, with a three-pitch strikeout of Baltimore Orioles prospect Enrique Bradfield Jr. Not a single pitch was slower than 101 mph.

The next batter was a rematch of one of the most talked-about plate appearances of the spring. Skenes faced Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 pick of the 2022 MLB Draft and the consensus top prospect in baseball, earlier this spring and got him to ground out with a 100 mph fastball.

Round 2 went to Skenes as well, with a six-pitch strikeout that ended on an ugly whiff:

MLB Spring Breakout: Paul Skenes Ks Jackson Holliday in 1st day of action -  Yahoo Sports

Meanwhile, Pirates No. 2 prospect Termarr Johnson got a hit with a check-swing that turned into a well-placed grounder. Johnson is one of the better pure hitters in the minors, but you take everything you can get.

The Pirates won the seven-inning game 3-1.

As for the other game, between the Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers, well, hopefully fans weren’t looking for a close-up view of the prospects.

Paul Skenes strikes out Jackson Holliday, tosses scoreless first in Spring  Breakout win

The Spring Breakout series was pitched as a way to showcase prospects to fans with a platform they never get outside the MLB Futures Game before the All-Star break. It might’ve been a solid move by the league, but it apparently didn’t come with a full emphasis on MLB-level production values.

You can see what we’re talking about with this home run by Reds prospect Cam Collier, on which the cameras behind home plate don’t even move as the ball flies away: