2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: William Schmidt, RHP, Catholic HS Baton Rouge La.   

The 2024 MLB draft is set for Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Arlington Texas as part of the 2024 MLB All-Star Weekend festivities. The Phillies will pick at number 27 in the 1st round. Currently, the Phillies have 17 picks in the 2024 draft.

The baseball people here at EOP will keep you updated on the top prospects in this year’s draft. This week we look at our projected twenty-fourth player selection (pick owned by the Atlanta Braves) in the 2024 MLB William Schmidt, RHP, Catholic HS Baton Rouge LA.

Few pitchers in the country can spin the ball like Schmidt. At 6-foot-4, 180 pounds. Schmidt has a starter look and projectable pitcher’s build with long limbs and significant room to pack on weight. That projection has already started to come through.

After topping out around 91 a few years ago. Schmidt now sits in the low 90s and has been up to 95 mph. What sets him apart from his peers is a 77-79 mph hammer curveball with a 12-to-6 shape and fantastic life.

The pitch has huge spin rates in the 2,700-3,000-rpm range and it has depth, sharp biting action, and more control than you would expect of a prep curveball with that sort of movement. It’s viewed as one of the best overall breaking balls in the class.

Schmidt’s fastball/curveball combo is his bread and butter, but he has shown some feel for an upper-70s changeup. He has a day-one draft upside but is committed to LSU.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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