Orioles Prospect Profile #3: Jonathon Schoop

Orioles Prospect Profile #3: Jonathon Schoop

Schoop improved drastically in his time with Frederick. Can he repeat it in 2012?

Jonathon Schoop

Position: 2B/SS

Height: 6'1”

Weight: 187 lbs

Born 10/6/1991

Bats: Right

Throws: Right

Background

Signed as a free agent from Willemstad, Curacao in 2008, Schoop is grabbing a lot of attention within the organization and nationally. He was selected to the 2011 Futures Game in Arizona and is highly coveted by other organizations according to scouts.

The 19-year-old started in Delmarva last season and hit .316 with eight homers and 34 RBI in 51 games. He was promoted to high-A Frederick and hit .271 with five homers and 37 RBI in 77 games.

Scouting Report:

Schoop is an overall solid grade and continues to rise through the Orioles system. He has quick hands that allow him to drive the ball and generate solid contact. He has above average power and has a balanced stance at the plate. He tends to be a free-swinger, which lowers his walk rate. He needs to develop more into his frame, move his hips to see more power from his swing.

Schoop has an above average arm and can throw from anywhere in the infield. Naturally a shortstop, he plays second base well and is a consistent fielder. Also played third base in Delmarva and can move around the infield. He played his best ball at second base and has the range to stick there in the future. Rushes the play at times, but will smooth out as he gets older and sees more reps.

Performance

                                                                                                                           

Level

Team

AB

AVG

2B

HR

RBI

SO

BB

OBP%

SLG%

A

Delmarva

212

.316

12

8

34

32

20

.376

.514

A+

Frederick

299

.271

12

5

37

44

22

.329

.375


Health Record

Schoop didn't suffer any significant injuries in 2011 and is healthy to begin the 2012 season.

Future

The future looks bright for Schoop as he is a popular prospect within the organization and around the league. He is a plus-hitter and an above average fielder.

Schoop still needs time at the minor league level to develop a little more in each phase of the game. It is possible to see the former Little League World Series player at the big leagues by 2014 or 2015.

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