Originally written on Fantasy Sports Locker Room  |  Last updated 3/12/14

Despite hitting just .177 in the Arizona Fall League, Schoop is claiming the O’s 2B job as his own this spring. When asked Monday if 22-year-old Jonathan Schoop was making the choice for season-opening second baseman tough, Orioles manager Buck Showalter simply replied “might be continuing to make it an easy decision”. Sorry, Ryan Flaherty and Jemile Weeks, but Jonathan ‘Rafino Jezus’ Schoop is done with the minor leagues. Schoop’s minor league career quickly progressed from the Gulf Coast League, to Single A, AAA (skipped AA), and ended up in Baltimore for 15 at bats to end last season, where he hit .286 with a homerun. Hopes were high in Baltimore that they had found their next second baseman, and at 22, someone they could pair with 3B Manny Machado (former minor league teammates) for many years to come. But after a disappointing showing at the Arizona Fall League, expectations for Schoop took a step back, and it was expected he would be in the minors for at least the start of the 2014 season. But as Spring signals rebirth, Spring Training has brought about the rebirth of those expectations for Schoop. In 9 games (17 PA) Schoop is batting an absurd .529, with a homerun, 3 doubles, and 15 total bases. He’s only drawn one walk compared to five strikeouts, but excuse me while I clean up my drool, owns an OPS of 1.438… Now don’t get me wrong, this is all in an incredibly small sample size. But according to a story by MLB.com Schoop worked out six days a week all offseason, and is now an imposing 6’2 and 228lbs. He’s also been trying to learn as much as possible from team veterans Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Matt Weiters, to an extent Machado said even he didn’t go to. Potentially the biggest thing in Schoop’s favor is the fact that his two main competitors, Flaherty and Weeks, also both still have minor league options. Something that could make it even more important for you to get to know Orioles second baseman, Jonathan Schoop, sooner, rather than later. The post Get to know Orioles second baseman, Jonathan Schoop appeared first on Fantasy Sports Locker Room.

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