Long-Time Thunder Reliever Schmidt Signs With Marlins

According to Baseball America, long-time Trenton Thunder relief pitcher Josh Schmidt has signed with the Miami Marlins.

One of the best guys to chat with in the clubhouse for the past four seasons, the 29-year-old sidearming righty did just about everything he could statistically to reach the big leagues with the Yankees organization.  He appeared in 280 games (125 of them in Trenton) and posted a 36-20 mark in 423 1/3 MiLB innings pitched and held opponents to a batting average under .200 in each of the past three seasons.

The popular Californian — he won the Thunder’s inaugural “Pitcher of the Year” award in 2010 — will hopefully get a better opportunity than the one got with New York.  Despite stuff that those in the organization didn’t believe to be big league caliber, Schmidt has used his 88-90 MPH fastball and devastating curveball to carve quite a career for himself and would have earned an opportunity on many other teams given his numbers.

Instead, the two-time Eastern League All-Star saw just 21 games worth of time in Triple-A over the past two seasons, and served as a shuttle guy between levels this season.  He’ll likely be given an opportunity to earn a spot on Miami’s Triple-A roster to start 2012.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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4 Responses to “Long-Time Thunder Reliever Schmidt Signs With Marlins”

  1. Tom from Philly. Says:

    Well if Back to the Future 2 taught us anything Miami is going to beat the Cubs at the 2015 World Series… So Josh is in good company…

  2. whiteycat Says:

    Wishing Josh all the best. Hope the Marlins treat him with more respect than the Yankees did!

  3. Dave (@DSistaro) Says:

    Good Luck Josh ! Great guy and deserving of a new start, hope he gets an chance in Fla…

  4. SKIP Says:

    The Yankees used and abused him for his arm and the innings he could rack up. I hope he gets a better opportunity with the Marlins.

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