Jason Schmidt spent 14 years in the big leagues, going 130-96 with a 3.96 ERA, 110 ERA+ and 1,758 strikeouts in 323 games. Though he didn't have a Hall of Fame won-loss record, one wonders whether he had Hall of Fame potential.
Schmidt spent the first seven years of his career as a mediocre pitcher, averaging eight wins a year with a 4.50 ERA and 98 ERA+ from 1995 to 2001. In 2002, however, the twirler blossomed with the Giants and went on a five-year run that saw him average 14 wins, 200 strikeouts, only 163 hits allowed, a 3.35 ERA and a 127 ERA+ a season. He was especially dominant from 2002 to 2004, averaging 16 wins, seven losses and 218 strikeouts while posting a 2.99 ERA and 140 ERA+.
The three-time All-Star finished second in Cy Young voting in 2003 and fourth in 2004. He was named The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year in 2004. In 2003, he led the league in winning percentage, ERA, ERA+ and WHIP (and sacrifice hits) and in 2004, he led the league in shutouts. He also led the league in fielding percentage three times in his career. He was a pretty dominant strikeout pitcher and currently ranks 43rd all-time in K/9 IP ratio.
He was a solid postseason pitcher, going 3-1 with a 3.06 ERA in five starts spread over four series. In the the 2002 NLCS, he was 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA and in the 2003 NLDS, the hurler tossed a complete game shutout against the Marlins.
Statistically, Schmidt is similar to Josh Beckett, Carlos Zambrano, John Lackey, Ramon Martinez, Ted Lilly, Dan Petry, Hideo Nomo, Pat Hentgen, Jack Sanford and Earl Wilson. He is currently ranked #300 on the Fan EloRater, ahead of Gary Peters, Ed Morris and James Shields, but behind Frank Dwyer, Candy Cummings and Johnny Allen.
What do you think about Jason Schmidt? Should he make the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible? Did he have Hall of Fame potential?