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Orioles101′s Top Ten Baltimore Orioles Prospects List: #3 Jonathan Schoop

December 17th, 2012 at 12:48 PM
By Josh Michael

Orioles101 has received several requests to go through the Baltimore Orioles prospects and formulate a list of how these prospects rank. We strive to provide readers with information and articles that they want to read, thus we have compiled a top ten Baltimore Orioles prospects list. I have broken down these players myself, and we now arrive at number three: Jonathan Schoop.

'Oriole Park at Camden Yards' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The now 21 year old Schoop comes in as the highest ranked position player on our list as he still has growing to do with an already big frame (6'1'' 187 lbs). Schoop has a superbly quick stroke as his hands and shoulders really turn through the ball well, but his slow adoption of a longer swing has really killed his batting average recently, but with reps and some fine tuning his natural ability can take over. He has plus power, and really drills the fastball, but change-ups give him fits at the plate, which could also contribute to the longer swing he has been using lately. Jonathan is getting better at second base and has shown great strides as he is still learning how to read the ball off the bat at the second base position. Baltimore signed Schoop out of Curacao in 2008 when he was just 17 years old and in addition to coming in ranked as our third best Orioles prospect, Schoop is ranked as the fourth best second base prospect in all of baseball.

Schoop has played at almost every level in the Orioles organization, with the exception of AAA-Norfolk and of course Baltimore accruing 382 career games in the minor leagues. Through his four seasons, he has compiled a career .266 average with 32 homers, 10 triples, 73 doubles, 197 RBI and a .336 OBP in 1,457 at bats. This past season, Schoop played the entire year with the AA – Bowie Baysox and had a respectable showing. Jonathan put up solid power numbers with 24 doubles, one triple, 14 homers and 56 RBI in 124 games, but his average suffered a bit as he hit .245.

'Orioles take batting practice' photo (c) 2010, WEBN-TV - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The good news for Schoop and the Orioles organization is that he still has growing to do, strength to build and the sky is the limit for him. As he learns to handle off-speed pitches more effectively at the plate, and shortens his stroke you could see a .280, 20+ homer player at the second base position that is always offensively lacking in production. Although I do not expect to see Schoop in Baltimore this year, barring injuries, I do believe Orioles fans will see him in 2014 as perhaps the everyday second baseman. For the 2013 season, I could see Baltimore letting him begin the season with the Baysox and later moving him up to the AAA – Norfolk Tides.

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Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Bowie Baysox, Jonathan Schoop, L.J. Hoes, MLB, Nick Delmonico, Norfolk Tides

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