Yankees: Luke Voit’s Latest Quote is Huge Endorsement of Clarke Schmidt
By Adam Weinrib
New York Yankees top prospect Clarke Schmidt made a believer out of Luke Voit.
There’s still an inch or two of room on the Clarke Schmidt bandwagon if you want to squeeze yourself on, Yankees fans.
The kid faced off against the A-squad on Monday night, and whiffed four in two scoreless innings, making Gleyber Torres and Giancarlo Stanton look particularly overmatched.
No shame in that for the big boppers, though. After all, Schmidt’s a big part of the plan for 2020 and beyond.
As far as we can tell, none of the big names Schmidt carved through took any offense to being shredded by his dipping curveball. In fact, Luke Voit delivered the most succinct endorsement yet we’ve seen of his stuff.
Simple as that.
Don’t hang your head, though, Luke! You certainly weren’t the worst of the worst, according to this objective observer.
Schmidt hasn’t spent a single day above Double-A yet, going 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA in a trio of end-of-season starts in Trenton last year. Politely, though, the timeline is different for this kid.
Coming off a polished career at South Carolina, Schmidt underwent Tommy John surgery before joining the pro ranks — the Yankees took him during his recovery process. He was always expected to be big league-ready quickly, and sail through the system once he found his bearings.
Also, this is 2020. There are no rules anymore, and there’s no minor league season to banish him to. If Schmidt can help, he can help.
Opposing starter JA Happ came away impressed with Schmidt’s swagger on Monday, but for the kid, it was about way more than just reminding his fellow Yankees to remember the name. This was his first time on a real big league mound.
The sooner we get the game back safely, the better, for both this antsy fan base and the country at large.
For now, Schmidt is doing all he can to remind fans and teammates that, for 2020 and beyond, he’s ready to get silly. And it’s working.