Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6ft, 1 in Weight: 187 lbs
Position: Second Base
How Acquired: Signed by Baltimore in 2010 as an Undrafted Free Agent
So who says the Orioles don't scout the Caribbean? Schoop was found in Curaco and signed to an Orioles minor league contract in 2010. The Birds may have finally found a prospect in the International Market that will pay off for them. The first thing you notice about Jonathan Schoop is his size. Listed at 6 ft, 1 inch and 187 lbs, Schoop is very tall. In fact, he looks taller on the field. At age 20, he has time to fill out some more, and may in fact, outgrow his position. A second baseman by trade, Schoop has played some third for the Keys which is where he may ultimately end up as he progresses through the system. Presently, he is a work in progress, playing in the Carolina League at the age of 20, he needs repetitions to get better. His arm looks to be strong enough to play third, and if he fills out, he won't need a tremendous amount of range to stick there as opposed to second base or shortstop. Due to his size, he has a large strike zone. He stands upright at the plate and looks very balanced as he commences his swing. Since his promotion from Delmarva to Frederick, he has struggled a bit, his batting average has fallen from .316 to .232 and his other numbers have taken a hit as well. He has been batting out of the two hole for the Keys, so with Steven Bumbry leading off maybe the Birds think he will see a lot of fastballs. He hits the ball hard and is capable of driving it. As his swing develops and he fills out, his power should grow. Even with his struggles at Frederick, there is still a lot of goodness in this prospect. His size and athleleticism cannot be overlooked, and one cannot discount the success he has enjoyed at Delmarva. So for now, Jonathan Schoop should be viewed as a Prospect. He is playing at a level that is appropriate for his age, and by letting him play at this level, the Orioles are letting him face the higher level of competition that he needs to see to get better. There is plenty of time for him to develop, and for now, it looks like the way is clear for him to progress to Baltimore at his own pace.