BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State junior pitcher Colin Schmid was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.
Schmid, a left-handed starter from New Bern, N.C., went No. 393 overall in the draft. In just three seasons, he’s third in App State baseball history with 224 career strikeouts, tied for fifth with 248.1 career innings and alone in sixth with 41 career starts.
Joining the Cardinals’ organization is the next step in his progression as a pitcher.
“They called me a round or two before, and as soon as it popped up on the draft tracker, it was a crazy moment,” Schmid said. “I’ve been wanting to be a big leaguer for as long as I can remember. Now that I’ve got a chance to move up the ranks and get there, it’s kind of surreal.”
It’s the Mountaineers’ second straight year with a pick in the top 13 rounds, as relief pitcher Matt Brill was taken in the 12th round of the 2017 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Pitching coach Justin Aspegren worked with Schmid during all three of his college seasons, and Kermit Smith became App State’s head coach following Schmid’s freshman year.
After six difficult starts to begin his college career, Schmid changed his delivery at the urging of Aspegren, and Schmid had a 3.95 ERA with 12 victories over his final 36 appearances (35 starts) for the Mountaineers.
He pitched at least six innings and gave up two earned runs or less in six of his last eight starts as a freshman, posted a 3.61 ERA as a sophomore and allowed two earned runs or less in eight of his 14 starts as a junior. Adding in the Louisiana start in which he allowed three earned runs after taking a 3-2 lead into the eighth inning, he had a 1.99 ERA with 13 earned runs in 58.2 innings over those nine quality starts in 2018.
“We are extremely excited for Colin!” Smith said. “This is a day that every kid dreams about growing up, and he has worked incredibly hard to fulfill this goal. We are blessed to have been a part of his journey and will follow his career closely.”
Schmid and Ryan Arrowood are the only App State pitchers with two entries among the top 10 single-season strikeout totals in school history. Schmid tied for third place with a team-high 83 strikeouts in 85.0 innings this year after recording a team-best 79 strikeouts (tied for eighth place) in 2017 and leading the team with 62 strikeouts as a freshman.
Schmid went 4-7 with a 4.66 ERA as the Friday starter in 2018 after moving forward from a sophomore season in which his ERA ranked fourth among returning full-time starters in the Sun Belt Conference. His 6-7 season in 2017 included a career-high 13 strikeouts as he allowed one earned run in seven innings of a victory at Georgia Southern, and Schmid struck out 11 batters this year while giving up two runs over seven innings of a win against NCAA Regional qualifier UNCW.
Schmid also earned the victory when the Mountaineers won 5-2 against NCAA Regional qualifier Troy to give Smith his 500th win as a college head coach. Schmid later propelled the Mountaineers to back-to-back road series wins against Sun Belt foes ULM and UTA (three-game sweep) by giving up no earned runs over a combined 13.2 innings in his series-opening victories.
Schmid is the 44th player from App State to be drafted since 1969, the 15th player from App State to be picked in the last seven seasons and the third player selected in Smith’s two seasons as head coach of the Mountaineers. Last year, fellow New Bern High School and App State batterymate Chandler Seagle was drafted as a catcher by the San Diego Padres.
“I just want to thank everybody at App State, especially Coach Smith and Coach Aspo for doing what they do,” Schmid said. “They’re doing great things with the ballclub.”