Clarke Schmidt

Clarke Schmidt

28-Year-Old PitcherSP
New York Yankees
60-Day IL
Injury Lat
Est. Return 8/2/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
After securing a spot in the Yankees' Opening Day rotation last spring, Schmidt looked poised for an age-27 breakout. He did in some ways rise to the occasion, logging the highest innings total of any Yankees pitcher not named Gerrit Cole, but his ERA (4.64) and WHIP (1.35) were only mediocre and he made it past the sixth inning just three times in 32 starts. Schmidt has a well-rounded four-pitch arsenal, but none of those offerings have proven to be dominant against major-league competition up to this point. He had zero double-digit strikeout games in 2023. Leaving open the possibility that Schmidt could make some tweaks and achieve another level in 2024, he'll be worthy of late-round consideration in most standard fantasy drafts but probably isn't bankable enough yet for a mid-round reach. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.03 million contract with the Yankees in January of 2024.
Resumes throwing program
PNew York Yankees
Lat
June 28, 2024
Schmidt (lat) has resumed his throwing program, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander took the first step in his throwing program Monday, when he started playing catch from 60 feeet, per Chris Kirschner of The Athletic. Schmidt has been out with a right lat strain and was transferred to the 60-day injured list June 18. Before the injury, he had gone 5-3 with a 2.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 67:20 K:BB over 60.2 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
93
Last 10 Games
94
Last 5 Games
96
How many pitches does Clarke Schmidt generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Clarke Schmidt generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-18%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-28%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .276 565 124 50 137 36 1 16
Since 2022vs Right .227 612 148 39 127 24 1 19
2024vs Left .209 125 42 10 23 3 0 3
2024vs Right .239 122 25 10 26 6 1 3
2023vs Left .303 344 62 29 92 28 1 10
2023vs Right .236 350 87 17 77 13 0 14
2022vs Left .268 96 20 11 22 5 0 3
2022vs Right .192 140 36 12 24 5 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2024
 
 
-62%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.81 1.19 137.0 8 8 1 8.5 2.6 1.4
Since 2022Away 3.91 1.35 140.1 11 9 1 9.1 3.1 0.8
2024Home 3.96 1.28 25.0 2 1 0 10.8 2.5 1.4
2024Away 1.51 1.04 35.2 3 2 0 9.3 3.3 0.5
2023Home 4.15 1.19 86.2 4 6 0 8.1 2.2 1.6
2023Away 5.23 1.55 72.1 5 3 0 8.8 3.1 1.1
2022Home 2.49 1.11 25.1 2 1 1 7.8 4.3 1.1
2022Away 3.62 1.27 32.1 3 4 1 9.5 3.1 0.6
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Stat Review
How does Clarke Schmidt compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.35
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
94.3 mph
 
ERA
2.52
 
WHIP
1.14
 
BABIP
.292
 
GB/FB
1.13
 
Left On Base
82.5%
 
Exit Velocity
81.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
2800 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.2%
 
Swinging Strike
12.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Schmidt, on the whole, had a rather impressive season between Triple-A and The Bronx with 102 strikeouts in 90.2 innings of work while scattering six homers. The righty leverages his high spin stuff to frustrate hitters but at times struggles to throw strikes which inflates his WHIP more than it should be for someone with his raw stuff. He is the prototypical sinker/slider righty and the adjusted Yankee slider was awesome last season with a 41% whiff rate and a .159 xBA. The sinker has much more room for improvement with a .283 xBA and a 15% whiff rate to it. He has the arsenal of a starting pitcher but lacks the durability of one making him an ideal swingman in the Yankee bullpen for 2023. The fantasy hope would be for him to vulture some decisions in middle relief as his command is too suspect to assume any closer duties while his durability makes it tough to envision him in a rotation.
Schmidt entered spring training in 2021 with an outside shot at a spot in the Yankees' Opening Day rotation, but an elbow injury curtailed that possibility and cost him much of the campaign. He returned to the mound in July and posted strong numbers in the minors, including a 2.10 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 32:8 K:BB over 25.2 innings at Triple-A. The right-hander got a small taste of major-league action but pitched just 6.1 frames, allowing four earned runs and notching a 6:5 K:BB. Schmidt did a good job of mixing up his pitches, throwing each of four different offerings (a slider, four-seam fastball, sinker and curveball) over 15% of the time, but only the curve was notably effective, as opposing hitters went just 3-for-13 against it. Schmidt will be 26 when the 2022 campaign kicks off, so the organization may not want him toiling much longer in the minors. He could open in the big-league bullpen but should be among the primary options if a rotation spot opens up.
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.
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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Moves to 60-day IL
PNew York Yankees
Lat
June 18, 2024
The Yankees transferred Schmidt (lat) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Tuesday.
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Shut down for at least one month
PNew York Yankees
Lat
May 30, 2024
Schmidt (lat) will be shut down for 4-to-6 weeks, Greg Joyce of the New York Post reports.
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Placed on injured list
PNew York Yankees
Lat
May 30, 2024
The Yankees placed Schmidt on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a right lat strain.
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Stuck with loss Sunday
PNew York Yankees
May 27, 2024
Schmidt (5-3) took the loss Sunday against the Padres after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out six over five innings.
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Solid showing in loss
PNew York Yankees
May 21, 2024
Schmidt (5-2) took the loss Tuesday against Seattle, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks across five innings. He struck out six.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Better mixing in cutter, slider
PNew York Yankees
June 1, 2023
Schmidt has found more success with his cutter and slider of late, per Gary Phillips of the New York Daily News, and the right-hander has a 1.72 ERA and 17 strikeouts over his past three starts.
ANALYSIS
The 27-year-old surrendered 28 earned runs across 40 innings during his first nine starts of the year, but better incorporation of his cutter and slider appears to have helped him turn a corner. Schmidt's spot in the rotation is secure for the foreseeable future given the injuries to the Yankees' rotation.
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