Clarke Schmidt

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Clarke Douglas Schmidt

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Pitcher Clarke Schmidt was the first-round selection of the New York Yankees in the 2017 amateur draft, with the 16th overall pick. He had pitched three seasons at the University of South Carolina, but his junior season in 2017 had been interrupted after 9 starts as he had to undergo Tommy John surgery, which made his selection by the Yankees a bit of a surprise.

He began his professional career in 2018, but was limited to 8 appearances and 23 1/3 innings as he was completing his recovery from the surgery. He pitched for three different teams, including both of the Yankees' affiliates in the Gulf Coast League. His real first taste of competition came in 2019, when he went a combined 6-5, 3.47 in 19 games, logging 90 2/3 innings. Once again, he did not pitch a full season, as he missed some time early in the year, and then made 3 starts for the GCL Yankees East in late June and early July before returning to the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League. In mid-August, he received a promotion to the AA Trenton Thunder after having gone 4-5, 3.84 for Tampa. He pitched his best ball for Trenton, going 2-0, 2.37 in his 3 starts in the Eastern League.

In 2020, he was not able to pitch in the minors, as they were shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, but his name was part of the Yankees' 60-player pool and he started the year at their alternate training site. He was called up to make his major league debut on September 4th, pitching in relief against the Baltimore Orioles. He pitched 3 games, going 0-1, 7.11. He then returned in the minors in 2021, as health issues prevented him from starting the year with the Yankees. He ended up playing at four different minor league levels, for a total of 10 games and 38 innings, before returning to the Bronx for a second cup of coffee in September. This time, he went 0-0, 5.68 in 2 games. In 2022, he made the team out of spring training as a long reliever.

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