There could be a scenario where Clarke Schmidt takes over for J.A. Happ in the Yankees’ rotation next year should the veteran lefty starter leave via free agency.
Should that happen the Yankees will be in good hands according to Happ.
“I did see him tonight, I was watching for sure. In spring training it seems like a really nice kid, very confident and I think that shows on the mound. He has that confidence and a little bit of that swagger. You see his stuff and how it plays and we saw that in spring and we saw more of that tonight,’’ Happ said following the Yankees’ first intrasquad game of spring training 2.0 at Yankee Stadium on Monday evening. “I think he definitely has a bright future.’’
Schmidt, the Yankees’ first-round pick in 2017 out of the University of South Carolina who had Tommy John that year and didn’t pitch professionally that season, started against the Yankees’ lineup. Happ started for the Bombers against the Yankees.
With very little chance to crash the Yankees’ rotation in spring training Schmidt impressed and caught the attention of the Yankees and opposing scouting departments. Monday night Clarke opted to focus on a chance…