New York Yankees top prospect Clarke Schmidt is making sure he’s staying ready for 2020.
We still don’t know if there will be a 2020 MLB season, but if there is, you can count on New York Yankees top prospect Clarke Schmidt to be ready to make an impact for the Bombers. Fans are hoping he’s the next big arm to make a name for himself in the starting rotation, and based on what we’ve seen from him this offseason, we can bet he’s on track to do so.
Schmidt, who reached Double-A Trenton in 2019, finished the season 6-5 with a 3.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 19 games (18 starts) across three levels in the minors, totaling 90.2 innings. And he especially impressed in his three starts with the Thunder, going 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA and 0.79 WHIP.
Now, we can see why. He’s looking filthy this offseason when throwing live batting practice.
Look at the movement on those pitches. The batters couldn’t touch him.
Oh yeah, and did we forget that he throws so hard that he broke his brother’s thumb? Remember this clip?
The 24-year-old and former first-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft is working his way up the ranks and figures to get some time in the big leagues this year, assuming there’s a season. The minor league campaign has been canceled, so if MLB rosters expand, there’s no doubt the Yankees are going to give Schmidt some playing time because they don’t want him idle for a full year with the progress he’s making.
The movement on his slider and curveball is certainly pro material, so don’t be surprised if he’s making some appearances out of the bullpen for New York in the next couple of months. If he can make an impact in that role, manager Aaron Boone would probably be inclined to give him a start or two in order to better prepare for the 2021 season.