Meet the freshmen: righthanded pitcher Clate Schmidt

Ranked as high as the No. 5 freshman in the nation, Schmidt had successful debut in Tigers' opening series

Baseball - Clate Schmidt

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Baseball - Clate Schmidt

Clate Schmidt

6-1, 190, Righthanded Pitcher

Allatoona HS, Acworth, Ga.

Jack Leggett didn't spend a lot of time specifically talking about Clate Schmidt during the preseason. But when the Tigers needed a boost from the bullpen after starter Patrick Andrews had run into early trouble, Schmidt got his first collegiate call.

He delivered in a matter consistent with his reputation as one of 2013's top young talents.

Schmidt worked the final 2.2 innings in an 11-2 Clemson loss to William & Mary last Saturday, and allowed no runs, with no walks, three hits allowed and three strikeouts.

Schmidt comes into the program as one of the Tigers' highest-rated freshman - ranked as the No. 5 freshman in the nation and preseason ACC freshman of the year by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

He's also ranked as the No. 24 freshman in the nation and as the No. 4 rookie in the ACC by Baseball America.

His high school highlights include a stint with the U.S. Under-18 National Team and an award as Cobb County, Ga.'s Pitcher of the Year.

Schmidt's father, retired Marine Colonel Dwight Schmidt, flew F-18 fighter jets for 20 years, including an extended tour in Iraq, before retiring to become a pilot with Delta.

Noteworthy

- Schmidt is majoring in community recreation, sport, & camp management

- He was born Clate Connor Schmidt on Dec. 10, 1993 in Beaufort, SC.

- He's ranked as the ACC's No. 2 prospect for the 2015 Major League Draft by Perfect Game.

- He was drafted in the 36th round (#1114 overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2012

- He's ranked as the No. 31 player and No. 10 righthander in the nation and No. 4 player in Georgia by Perfect Game

- His honors include East Coast Pro Showcase, All-America recognition by Perfect Game, an Under-18 Team USA member, an all-state selection as a senior, and Cobb County Pitcher-of-the-Year as a senior

- He was an All-Cobb County selection as a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior

- He lettered four times in baseball and three times in basketball at Allatoona High, where he was coached by Keith Hansen.

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