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New York Yankees Draft RHP Clarke Schmidt With First Pick in MLB Draft

With the 16th pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees select right-hander Clarke Schmidt from the University of South Carolina. 

The New York Yankees decided to go pitching with their first selection in this year’s MLB Draft, going with a right-handed pitcher Clarke Schmidt from (my neck of the woods) the University of South Carolina in Columbia. SC.

Schmidt was the ace of the Gamecocks staff for the past 2 1/2 years, pitching to the tune of a 4-1 record this season, before going down with an injury that eventually led to the Georgia native having to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Despite what could’ve been a career setback, the Yankees saw enough in his makeup and history to use their first pick to take him.

Not only will all Yankees fans welcome in the new righty, but a blast from the past made sure to send him a special message as well:

After losing my eyesight as a result of a brain tumor in 1996, baseball and music ushered me back to reality and led me to who I am today. I turned my love of the game and for my New York Yankees into writing for the best company in sports: Elite Sports NY. i use my Psychology & Music degree from James Madison University to articulate my thoughts in my writing and use my vocal/piano skills to professionally play music in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.