The Yankees went out of the box again.
Clark Schmidt was the #49 prospect on MLB.com's draft rankings. He had Tommy John surgery in April. Had he been healthy, Schmidt likely would have been a candidate to be selected in this range. In other words, he's not Cal Quantrill: a true top-5 prospect type who fell due to injury.
My take: I hope the Yankees have a deal in place to sign Schmidt to a below-slot contract. They could use the savings to do something interesting in the 2nd round. Otherwise, this seems like a "Yankees pick", in the mold of Cito Culver, Andrew Brackman, Dante Bichette, etc. Not a good thing.
"Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
South Carolina has three right-handers who could go in top three rounds of the 2017 Draft in Schmidt, Wil Crowe and Tyler Johnson. Schmidt was as good as any pitcher in the talent-laden Southeastern Conference during the first half of the 2016 season before tiring down the stretch and taking the summer off. He put up better numbers than ever as a junior despite pitching through an oblique injury, though his chances of going in the first round took a hit when he blew out his elbow in late April and required Tommy John surgery.
Schmidt relies heavily on a 92-94 mph fastball that can reach 96 and features power sink. Both his slider and curveball can be plus pitches at times but also lack consistency, and he also mixes in a decent changeup. He generally throws strikes but can be vulnerable if his pitches wander up in the strike zone.
Schmidt isn't the most physical pitcher but got stronger as a sophomore after working around 90 mph as a freshman. He maintained his improved velocity until he got hurt this spring, but scouts don't love his delivery and now have even more questions about his durability."
Some reactions on Twitter:
We had Clarke Schmidt at 32 on the board, like t he pick but surprised that he went out ahead of Alex Faedo among SEC Arms— John Manuel (@johnmanuelba) June 13, 2017
Scout told me, "FB has seen an uptick in velocity each year. Plus SL, improving CH. Tremendous makeup."— Dan Federico (@RealDanFederico) June 13, 2017
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