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Nick Schmidt

Nick Schmidt
Name: Nicholas G. Schmidt
Born: Oct 10, 1985 in St. Louis, Mo. USA
High School: St. John Vianney HS, Kirkwood, Mo.
College: Arkansas
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 245 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (23rd overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2007 (signed for $1,260,000)
Schmidt was a second-team Preseason All-American, but he has since bypassed such pitchers as Jake Arrieta and Wes Roemer who rated ahead of him. He doesn't have wow stuff, but he's a big, durable lefthander who has been a No. 1 starter in the rugged Southeastern Conference since he was a freshman. His stock took a mild hit last summer, when his stuff was down a notch with Team USA. That was mostly the result of being tired after working 117 innings as a sophomore at Arkansas, but it didn't stop Schmidt from winning the championship game at the World University Games in Cuba--a tribute to his competitive nature. He was a workhorse again this spring, exceeding 100 innings before the end of the regular season. Schmidt pitches off an 88-92 mph fastball and backs it up with a solid changeup and curveball. While he doesn't have a swing-and-miss pitch, he does a fine job of using his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame to drive his pitches down in the strike zone. He won't be a No. 1 starter but should become a good No. 3 for the club that gets him toward the end of the first round.
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