Yankees Select Pitcher Clarke Schmidt in First Round of MLB Draft

Clarke Schmidt pic
Clarke Schmidt pic
Clarke Schmidt
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An economics and accounting graduate of Holy Cross College, Chuck Grom is a retail stock analyst who has been featured numerous times on CNBC and presently serves as a managing director for New York’s Gordon Haskett Research Advisors. When he isn’t working, Chuck Grom enjoys following his favorite Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the New York Yankees.

Already blessed with a stable full of young stars, the Yankees added another potential cornerstone to the franchise in the first round of the 2017 MLB draft held June 12. The team selected right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt with the 16th overall pick, which comes with a dollar figure of approximately $3.5 million. A native of Georgia, Schmidt spent the past three seasons with the University of South Carolina, where he recorded a combined win-loss record of 15-9 and an earned run average (ERA) of 3.21.

He was having a career-best season through nine games in 2017 with a 1.34 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 60 innings, but he was sidelined with an elbow injury that required season-ending Tommy John surgery. He’s lauded by scouts as having great command of his pitches and his fastball can reach 96 miles per hour with above-average movement and velocity.

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