He has the upside of a number two or three starter on a championship caliber club. His fastball sits 92-94 miles per hour and can reach up to 96. Due to the amount of sink on the pitch it can be graded as plus to plus-plus. His slider and curveball are both graded as above-major league average offerings according to MLB.com. His change up is the worst pitch in his arsenal, and grades as a 50.
“Everyone always likes to give me the [comparison] to Zack Greinke,” Schmidt told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch on June 13. “He’s a strike-thrower, he’s a competitive guy. That’s something I pride myself on, competitiveness. I like to pitch with a chip on my shoulder.”