NEW YORK – Former Florence RedWolves pitcher Clarke Schmidt made his Major League Baseball debut September 4 for the New York Yankees. Schmidt entered relief in the fifth inning, allowing two earned runs and striking out one in his 1 1/3 innings of work in the Yankees 6-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Schmidt was drafted in the first round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Yankees out of the University of South Carolina. The right-hander is the second ranked prospect in the Yankees system and the 93rd overall on MLB's Top 100 prospects list for 2020. In two minor league seasons, Schmidt accumulated a 3.39 ERA and 132 strikeouts over 114 inning pitched. He began the 2020 season at the Yankees alternative training site before being added to the active roster in preparation for the second game of the team's double header with Baltimore.
Schmidt played for the RedWolves during the 2015 summer. His debut marks the 138th all-time former CPL player to make their major league debut and the eighth of the 2020 MLB season. Schmidt's debut also pushes the RedWolves' major league alumni total to 17.