Orioles prospect Jonathon Schoop participated in the futures game Sunday. The 19 year-old second baseman spent most of his free time with his family that made their way to Arizona from Curacao to watch him in action.
Schoop came in as a pinch hitter and recorded an infield hit to the third base side late in the game but then was picked off at first.
"It meant a lot to me to play in the game," Schoop said. "I had a lot of fun going out there playing against the best players in the league."
ESPN prospect analyst Keith Law noted before the game started that Schoop had the most impressive batting practice out of all the participants. The top 10 Orioles prospect was thrilled by what Law's thoughts were and said that he enjoyed taking batting practice and it was excited to be able to put on a show and get ready for the game.
It was an experience he was able to share with his teammate of the Frederick Keys Shortstop Manny Machado. Machado was on the opposing USA team for the futures game but Schoop said they still communicated throughout the entire experience.
"We called each other, but it was mainly me hanging out with all of my family." Schoop said.
The Curacao native enjoyed some site seeing and finding a lot of good places to eat. Schoop also added that the experience flew by and said that he felt like two days really was compacted into one day.
Schoop and Machado are back with the team and are expected to return to the lineup Wednesday.
Oliver Drake Expected to be promoted to Bowie
Starting Pitcher Oliver Drake is expected to be promoted to Double-A Bowie according to Frederick Manager Orlando Gomez.
Drake has been dominate for the Keys this season as he posted an 8-3 mark with an ERA of 2.14. The Gardner Massachusetts native is scheduled to start for the Baysox Wednesday or Thursday.
The 24-year-old has made 15 starts for the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds and has compiled a 5-4 record with an ERA of 4.42. Pettit is scheduled to make his first Keys start Thursday.