Level: SS A
Affiliate: Staten Island Yankees
League: NY-Penn League
Born: 02/20/1996 (Age: 27)
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd., (#16th overall), 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY)
Showing four pitches, Schmidt impressed in his return from Tommy John surgery in 2018. He throws his 92-94 mph fastball for strikes to work ahead, then mixes his three secondaries for whiffs and weak contact, including a future above-average change-up to neutralize lefties. His slider works well for chases to same side hitters, and an average curveball rounds out the repertoire. His arm action isn’t the prettiest, but he repeats his low-effort delivery with a sturdy lower half. While there isn’t a true plus pitch in the arsenal, the control/command of a wide repertoire could make Schmidt a backend starter.