Clarke Schmidt
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 6/1/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After weeks of speculation that Schmidt could join the Yankees' rotation, he finally made an unceremonious debut out of the bullpen in early September with runners already on base. All told, he made three appearances with one of those coming as a starter, logging a 7:5 K:BB in 6.1 innings. This was the first time Schmidt's FIP was higher than 3.40 (4.30) at any pro level, and he was hardly put in position to hit the ground running. Schmidt throws multiple mid-90s fastballs that give hitters different looks, while his hammer curve is his out pitch. He has the command and pitchability to pitch near the top of a rotation, but he needs a second offspeed pitch to neutralize lefties for the whole profile to click. He rarely threw his changeup with poor results. With just three starts at Double-A under his belt, he will probably open in the minors. He could join the MLB rotation for good once he looks ready. Read Past Outlooks
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Impressing during rehab process
PNew York Yankees
Elbow
May 3, 2021
Yankees Senior Director of Player Development Kevin Reese said Monday that Schmidt (elbow) has looked "fantastic" during his rehab program in Tampa, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Reese didn't elaborate on where exactly Schmidt stands in his recovery from a right elbow strain, but the 25-year-old has apparently steered clear of any setbacks since beginning a throwing program more than a week ago. Since the Yankees moved Schmidt to the 60-day injured list prior to Opening Day, he won't be eligible for reinstatement until late May, but Reese appears confident the right-hander will make an impact for the big club at some point in 2021. Once deemed healthy, Schmidt will most likely report to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-50%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .200 8 2 2 1 0 0 0
Since 2019vs Right .400 6 1 1 2 1 0 0
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left .200 8 2 2 1 0 0 0
2020vs Right .400 6 1 1 2 1 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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-12%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 6.75 1.50 4.0 0 1 0 9.0 4.5 0.0
Since 2019Away 7.71 2.57 2.1 0 0 0 11.6 11.6 0.0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 6.75 1.50 4.0 0 1 0 9.0 4.5 0.0
2020Away 7.71 2.57 2.1 0 0 0 11.6 11.6 0.0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
The Yankees gambled when they selected Schmidt with the 16th overall pick in 2017 just months after he underwent Tommy John surgery, but if his first full pro season is any indication, the payoff could be huge. A 6-foot-1, 200-pound righty, Schmidt sits 92-95 mph with his fastball (touches 97) and his slider and changeup both have a chance to be 60-grade offerings or better. While he has only logged 114 pro innings, Schmidt has advanced pitchability and is adept at sequencing and manipulating different pitches. He missed five weeks in the first half for an undisclosed reason -- it may have just been to manage his innings -- but after returning he logged a 3.06 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 79:19 K:BB in 67.2 innings across stops at High-A and Double-A. A potential No. 2 starter, Schmidt should split the year between Double-A and Triple-A. He may get a late-season call if the big club needs reinforcements.
For those who actively work the waiver wire for prospects in dynasty leagues, many of the best pickups in recent seasons have been pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery -- Walker Buehler (2016), Jesus Luzardo (2017), Chris Paddack (2018). Schmidt is a strong candidate to serve as the 2019 example of this phenomenon. The Yankees selected the South Carolina product with the 16th overall pick in 2017, despite the fact he underwent TJS two months before the draft. He returned to competitive action in 2018, abusing young hitters in the Gulf Coast League and New York-Penn League on the strength of a nasty four-pitch mix. His mid-90s fastball has heavy sink, which gives it a chance to develop into a 70-grade offering. He also works with a plus low-80s slider, an upper-80s changeup that flashed plus last season and a useable curveball. His command wasn't quite back last year, but if he is able to consistently locate his pitches in 2019, his stock should explode.
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Resumes throwing
PNew York Yankees
Elbow
April 25, 2021
Schmidt (elbow) has begun throwing again, Jordan Horrobin of MLB.com reports.
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Receives cortisone shot
PNew York Yankees
Elbow
April 12, 2021
Schmidt (elbow) received a cortisone injection Monday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Getting second opinion on elbow
PNew York Yankees
Elbow
April 11, 2021
Manager Aaron Boone said Sunday that Schmidt (elbow) will seek a second opinion before the Yankees decide the next step in the right-hander's rehab program, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports.
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Yet to resume throwing
PNew York Yankees
Elbow
April 3, 2021
Schmidt (elbow) has yet to resume throwing, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Placed on 60-day IL
PNew York Yankees
Elbow
March 27, 2021
Schmidt (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday.
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