He may be small, but he packs a punch.
This kid sounds adorable:
When asked how his friends and teammates at CBC High school and the Rawlings Prospects might characterize him, David Schmidt pauses, grins, and then answers, “probably the kid that always has the goofy smile.” His answer didn’t need any further verification; it was right there.
Schmidt is considered ‘small.’ I don’t really think he is; small is relative. He’s around 6’0″-6’1″, which to me is pretty tall because I’m only 5’2″. For a pitcher, however, he’s smaller than most, and naturally, this means he’s drawn comparisons to Tim Lincecum, Roy Oswalt and Jake Peavy. Those aren’t bad names to be amongst, to be honest.
Schmidt led his high school team, Christian Brothers High School in St. Louis, to a state championship during his junior year. It’s always good to have some leadership skills. He also played hockey during his freshman and sophomore years, so I’m glad we’ve got him on our side in case we get into a bench-clearing brawl at some point. He was shut down for most of last season with injuries, but he managed to return late and he contributed positively.
Nine himself sounds pretty pleased with this one:
“We are excited that David will be coming to Stanford. We feel he is one of the top right-handed high school pitchers in the country. We expect for him to come in and pitch for us as a freshman.”
That’s a ringing endorsement, Mr. Marquess! When he’s not pitching, Schmidt plays center field, but he’ll probably be pitching immediately. The last time freshman starters impacted the team right away…well, Mooneyham, Pries and Appel all did it, and we adore them all, so Schmidt sounds like he’s going in the right direction. I for one am very excited to watch him pitch!
There aren’t really any good pitching videos out there, but here’s one of Schmidt during workouts at his high school. At least you can get a good idea of what he’s like from this!
And lastly, I’m leaving you with this article. Look at the picture that comes with it. LOOK. IT IS ADORABLE.
Welcome to the Farm, David! We’re glad to have you.