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Josh Schmidt the “Forgotten Pitcher”



By Mike Silva ~ August 6th, 2009. Filed under: Yanks Minors.

Last month I attended the AA Eastern League All Star Game in Trenton. During the postgame I had the opportunity to talk with, along with other reporters, Thunder RHP, and All Star, Josh Schmidt. In an organization where pitching prospects like McAllister, Bleich, Kontos, Whelan, and Dunn get most of the press, Schmidt might be putting up the most impressive season of them all. When you think about it, he could be considered the pitcher that is most forgotten when you talk about the teams farm system.

Going into tonight’s action Schmidt has pitched 62 innings, struck out 69, sports a 1.29 ERA, and has held opponents to a .182 BAA. He doesn’t throw hard but, as Jed Weisberger points out in his July 16th Trenton Thunder Baseline Column, he manages to keep hitters off balance with his array of off speed pitches. That night he threw a scoreless inning in the All Star game, which was his second of his career (NY Penn League in 2005). This year he has been used by Trenton manager Tony Franklin in both a short, long, and starter role. Personally I think that type of versatility is impressive.

It will be interesting to see what plans the Yankees have for Schmidt at the end of the season. Drafted in 2005 in the 15th round out of Pacific makes him one of the “elder statesmen” (he will be 27 in November) of the Thunder pitching staff. If Schmidt was with another team (like the Mets), you have to wonder if he would stand out more and be given a closer a look. Right now it appears he is behind the depth charts to many of the harder throwing prospects. You won’t detect any bitterness from Schmidt, who joked with reporters that night. That attitude will serve him well as he navigates the challenging world of professional baseball.

Being in an organization with pitching depth can be a death knell for pitchers like Josh Schmidt. The radar gun isn’t his friend in the modern game that sometimes can’t see past velocity. All he could do is continue to learn his craft and wait for his chance. Phil Coke was in a similar situation and look at him today. He might not be the first name you think of when talking Yankees pitching prospects, but something tells me you might not want to forget about him altogether.

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2 Responses to Josh Schmidt the “Forgotten Pitcher”

  1. Jessie

    Mike,

    I’m a baseball writer and I cover the Thunder a lot. Glad you wrote that up about him. I wanted just to point out to you that the link of his name, leads to a photo of Mike Dunn. Which is very funny, but….lol

  2. Mike Silva

    Thanks for pointing that out!

    Glad you liked the column!

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