Skubal was invited to the Tigers' major-league spring training Thursday.
Skubal has struggled with control in the past, but he managed to become more effective last season with a 179:37 K:BB and a 1.01 WHIP over 122.2 innings in the minors. The southpaw has worked as both a starter and a reliever in the past, but the team could try to develop him as a starter as he gets the chance to work with the major-league coaching staff in spring training.
Skubal struck out 11 and allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk over 5.2 innings for Double-A Erie on Friday.
Skubal was promoted to Double-A on July 5 and has had no problem adjusting to the higher level of competition. Across 39.2 innings, he's racked up 78 strikeouts and has a 2.04 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
Skubal has a combined 2.39 ERA and 118:22 K:BB in 17 starts (90.1 innings) this season between High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie.
Skubal's first 15 starts of 2019 came for Lakeland, and he posted a solid 2.58 ERA there, but he's been even better in two starts for Erie, allowing just one earned run while striking out 21 across his first 10 innings with the SeaWolves. The 22-year-old is making a name for himself as a pitching prospect, though he's still overshadowed by the likes of Casey Mize and Matt Manning in the Tigers' system.