Jonathan Schoop is a 6’1”, 195 pound infield prospect from the island of Curacao. The 21-year-old was signed by the Orioles in 2008 as an undrafted free-agent and was added to the Orioles 40-man roster in 2012. Currently, Schoop is listed at #50 on Keith Law’s top 100 prospects for 2013 and #80 on the Baseball Prospectus top 100, but fails to appear on Jonathan Mayo’s (MLB) or Baseball America’s lists.
Baseball America contends that Schoop is “an aggressive hitter that has above-average raw power” and has “below-average speed but soft hands to pair with a plus-arm.” Schoop is just 21, so one would imagine he’s still growing into his frame, which could mean more power down the road.
Schoop is a natural shortstop, but when it was clear Manny Machado would be holding down that position on the farm, the Orioles slotted him in at third and second base — making for an intriguing double-play duo. And now, with the left-side of the Orioles’ infield blocked by the aforementioned Machado and J.