The Yankees held an intrasquad game Monday 7/6 night, in which the “Bombers” took on the “Yankees” in a six inning game at Yankee Stadium.
The starting pitching matchup was the Yankees’ No. 2 rated prospect by the MLB Pipeline Clarke Schmidt for the Bombers and JA Happ for the Yankees.
The Yankees were composed of basically the Yankees’ starting lineup, whereas the Bombers were mostly depth players and potential starters.
Schmidt impressed, limiting the Yankees to just one bloop single from Gleyber Torres in two scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
In the first inning, Schmidt got Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge to groundout, allowed the Gleyber Torres bloop single to right field, and ended the inning striking out Giancarlo Stanton looking.
In the second inning, Schmidt struck out Gary Sanchez on three pitches, got Brett Gardner to ground out, walked Luke Voit, and finally struck out Gio Urshela to end his Summer Camp debut.
Schmidt’s pitching was outstanding, freezing some of the Yankees’ best hitters.
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) July 6, 2020
The Yankees’ 2017 first round pick had movement on his pitches, and threw them with velocity and precision.
Not only did Schmidt impress with his pitching, but his attitude caught the eye of many.
Schmidt feels that he belongs, and that is exactly what one wants out of a pitching prospect of his status.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 7, 2020
Schmidt was able to showcase his skills against the Yankees’ best hitters, regardless of the situation. Schmidt was given an opportunity to impress, and he took it in stride.
If Clarke Schmidt continues to pitch this well, there could be a chance where we could see him in the big leagues this year.
If not, and JA Happ leaves in free agency in the offseason, there is an even better chance Schmidt takes his spot in next year’s rotation.
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