Recommended by Padres scout Lane Decker, Schmidt left Arkansas as the all-time strikeout leader with 345 strikeouts, and also ranks among the school's all-time leaders in wins (3rd, 28), innings pitched (3rd, 340.1 IP), starts (2nd, 52) and ERA (8th, 2.83). He is just the fifth Arkansas player to be named a two-time All-America selection after garnering first- and second-team recognition as a sophomore in 2006. Schmidt was also a Freshman All-American in 2005. SEC coaches also named the left-hander a first-team All-SEC pitcher in 2007 and he was honored as a first-team pitcher on the SEBaseball.com All-SEC squad. Additionally, Schmidt was one of 10 pitchers chosen as a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award and was one of 50 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award.
A native of St. Louis, MO, Schmidt played for the USA National Team during the summer of 2006, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.31 ERA in 34.1 innings of work. He was also the winning pitcher in the Gold Medal game of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) World Championship against Chinese Taipei in Havana, Cuba. Schmidt attended Vianney (MO) High School where he helped lead the team to two district titles and a state championship, garnering all-state honors his senior year. He also received one letter in wrestling.
The Padres have now signed or agreed to terms with 32 players selected in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.