Clarke Schmidt
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
On mend from Tommy John surgery
PNew York Yankees  A
Elbow
July 12, 2018
Schmidt (elbow) made his fourth rehab start Tuesday with one of the Yankees' Gulf Coast League affiliates, tossing three innings of one-run ball and striking out four.
ANALYSIS
It was the longest of Schmidt's four starts since he began the rehab assignment June 22. The 22-year-old, whom the Yankees drafted in the first round last year, will likely have his innings and pitch counts monitored carefully as he works his way back from April 2017 Tommy John surgery. The right-hander is expected to continue building up his arm at the rookie-ball level for a little while longer before likely finishing the campaign at a full-season affiliate.
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Tosses sim game Tuesday
PNew York Yankees  A
Elbow
May 22, 2018
Schmidt (elbow) threw a simulated game Tuesday, Steve Givarz of 2080 Baseball reports.
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Rehab from Tommy John going well
PNew York Yankees  A
Elbow
September 18, 2017
Schmidt, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery last April, began a throwing program in late August and expects to make his minor-league debut next June, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Bronx-bound as 16th overall pick
PNew York Yankees  A
June 12, 2017
The Yankees have selected Schmidt (elbow) with the 16th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
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