Is Clarke Schmidt A Starting Pitcher?

Clarke Schmidt

Clarke D. Schmidt (born February 20, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2020.

The New York Yankees selected Schmidt in the first round, with the 16th overall selection, of the 2017 MLB draft.[9] On June 24, 2017, the Yankees signed Schmidt for a $2,184,300 signing bonus. He did not see any action in 2017 after signing due to the surgery.

He made his professional debut in 2018 and spent time with the GCL Yankees of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League, going 0–3 with a 3.09 ERA in 23+1⁄3 innings pitched between the two teams.

The Yankees promoted Schmidt to the major leagues on September 4, 2020. He made his major league debut that day as a relief pitcher.

At the beginning of spring training for the 2021 season, Schmidt was shut down due to a common extensor strain in his right elbow and no ligament damage was shown in an MRI. On March 27, 2021, Schmidt was placed on the 60-day injured list.

On August 12, Schmidt was activated off of the injured list and optioned to the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Schmidt made the Yankees Opening Day roster for the 2022 season. He earned his first major league win on April 19.