Schoop Heating Up

Jonathon Schoop is heating up at the plate and went 4-4 Tuesday for Frederick Keys

Baltimore Orioles prospect Jon Schoop is starting to find his groove after a rough patch that had him batting at a .218 clip with Advanced Single-A Frederick going into Tuesday's game.

Schoop raised his average from .218 to .238 after a 4-4 night at the plate which included his first home run in a Keys uniform.

The 19-year-old is a top 40 prospect according to ESPN's Keith Law and considered his batting practice the most impressive of anyone playing in the futures game.

The Keys second baseman is hitting .368 (7-19) with one homerun, three RBI, four runs scored in his last five games and .343 (12-35), one homerun, four RBI and eight runs scored.

Combined with the lower level Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds the Willemstad, Curacao native is hitting .284 with nine homers, 49 RBI with a .347 on-base percentage in 90 games.

Schoop is hitting .270 against lefties with a .372 on-base percentage in Frederick. Compare it to right-handed pitchers he is hitting at a .228 clip with a .285 on-base percentage. He said there were no real adjustments made to his swing but just continuing to work hard.

"I took extra batting practice and just have been working hard hitting the ball the other way," he said.

Schoop blooped a single to right field for his second hit of the night Tuesday and lined one up the middle for his final hit of the game.

Manager Orlando Gomez has all the confidence in the world his young player will continue this trend of getting hits and earning his way on base.

"I know Schoop is going to hit. I never worry about that," he said. "I know what kind of player he is and what he can do."

Gomez said that he is trying to shorten his swing and make more of an effort to try and drive the ball the other way.

"Once and a while a young player like him is going to try press a little bit," Gomez said. "He just took shorter swings and stayed inside the ball very nicely. The home run he hit was a perfect swing because he shortened it and didn't over swing at all."

Schoop has also made more strides defensively as he made a diving catch to his left in the ninth inning of a one-run game Tuesday and started one of the better turned double plays of the season earlier in the home-stand.

The adjustment period for Schoop at the higher level is starting to net him more success and the future is becoming brighter and brighter for one of the Orioles top prospect.


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