2012 Draft Scouting Report: Clate Schmidt

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep righty, Clate Schmidt.

Name: Clate Schmidt
Position: Pitcher
School: Allatoona H.S. (Ga.)
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 175
Bats/Throws: S/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase

Clate Schmidt, RHP, Allatoona H.S. (Ga.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.

Physical Description

Schmidt doesn't have a prototypical pitcher's frame. He's listed at 6-foot-2, which might be generous, but overall is not a large frame guy. He's thin and wiry, but may not be the type of pitcher who fills out a lot over the years. Schmidt is a superb athlete, however, and that always bodes well for a pitcher's future, maybe more than people realize.


The delivery is the biggest issue when it comes to Schmidt. Violent is a word you could use when it comes to describing his mechanics. But, if you look a little closer it may not be as big a red flag as it initially looks. He has a high leg kick and a back turn, allowing him to hide the ball very well. He dips slightly on his back leg, and then produces some tremendous drive off that leg. There's a mild head snap in there, but despite the effort that is involved, there is nothing overly cringe worthy in his arm action.


The fastball is the name of the game for Schmidt. He never dipped below 93 mph at the Perfect Game National and sat steadily at 94-95 mph. He showed electric fastball life, particularly up in the zone and consistently showed he could miss bats with it. This is a 7 pitch at the big league level.


Schmidt's curveball gives him a second potential 7 pitch on the 20-80 scale. He throws a true hammer breaking ball at 80-85 mph, a pitch that looks very similar to A.J. Burnett's curveball. This is a swing and miss offering at any level and it's a pitch he already shows a good feel for. He has the confidence to throw it behind in counts or on the first pitch. If things don't work out as a starter for Schmidt, he has two dynamic put away pitches to work with in a closer role.


We'll need to see more of the changeup from Schmidt if he's going to be starter. Right now, he just doesn't need anything beyond his dynamic two pitch arsenal, but as a pro it's something he'll need to develop.


Can he be a starter for the long haul? That's the big question mark that will linger around Schmidt's future. He's violent, yes, but the stuff he possesses is downright electric. There have been more violent deliveries that have had long, successful careers so we'll just need to wait and see how it holds up. For now, the max effort delivery is not having an adverse impact on his command. If he he can prove durability, he has front end type stuff.

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