Schmidt is on the 7-day injured list at High-A Tampa with an undisclosed injury. He spent eight days on the injured list back in early May with an undisclosed injury as well. Schmidt struck out nine over six scoreless frames in his last start May 20. He has shown a lot of promise, particularly with his fastball and slider when healthy this season, but has been limited to seven starts in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery.
Schmidt has posted a 3.97 and 1.58 WHIP through five starts at High-A Tampa, striking out 25 while walking 11 through 22.2 innings. Schmidt's control could be better, but his numbers are skewed a little by one five-walk outing in his second start this year. The 2017 first-round pick for the Yankees is skipping Low-A entirely, so grade his results on the curve.
Schmidt will open the year with High-A Tampa, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports. This is quite a bump up for Schmidt, who made eight total appearances last year in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, and has never pitched in a full-season league. To jump Schmidt over Low-A completely speaks to how advanced the Yankees think their first-round pick from 2017 is. Assuming he stays healthy, Schmidt will likely split the season between High-A and Double-A.
Schmidt (elbow) threw a simulated game Tuesday, Steve Givarz of 2080 Baseball reports. Schmidt, the Yankees' first-round pick in the 2017 first-year player draft, continues to slowly work his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in April of 2017. His fastball velocity was apparently sitting around 92-93 mph in the simulated outing, which is around his pre-surgery velocity. The 22-year-old will continue to ramp up his throwing before hopefully joining a minor-league affiliate in the coming months.
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. The Yankees selected Schmidt with the 16th overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft knowing that the 21-year-old's professional career would be delayed due to the procedure, but it doesn't sound like the surgery has put a damper on the right-hander's long-term outlook in the eyes of the organization. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Schmidt enjoyed a productive college career at South Carolina and could rise through the system quickly once he's able to command his repertoire and regain his pre-surgery velocity upon returning to the rubber. Prior to going under the knife, Schmidt was lauded for his low-to-mid-90s fastball, slider and curveball, all of which have the potential to become plus offerings over time.
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