Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop have been selected to represent the O’s in the 2011 Futures Game. Follow along here with tweets, observations and reports regarding the two young Frederick Keys infielders. Refresh the page to update.
Jordan Tuwiner: And that’s it. U.S. wins 6-4.
Jordan Tuwiner: Raymond Fuentes needs to get on here for Schoop to get another at-bat.
Don Olsen: A bit of body rocking by Schoop in his setup, but his head and hands are quite. He has a much improved approach and I have seen this at Frederick as well. Hands are high with nice forward drive. Doesn’t barrel up the ball but still hits a topped fastball with strength to create a high chopper. He might not be fleet of foot, but gets down the line quickly.
Jordan Tuwiner: The broadcasters are discussing how scouts want to see prospects struggle in order to see how they adjust. We saw Machado struggle early with Frederick, and it seems like he’s adjusted, going 4 for 10 with a home run and 6 walks in his last 4 games.
Jordan Tuwiner: After infield single, Schoop’s picked off first base.
Jordan Tuwiner: Jonathan Schoop delivers an infield single in his first at-bat of the game.
Jordan Tuwiner: Nice to see a growing interest in prospects.
Jordan Tuwiner: Jonathan Schoop’s in at second base for the World Team.
Jordan Tuwiner: Jonathan Schoop’s about to enter the game for the World Team:
Jordan Tuwiner: Manny Machado’s out of the game for the U.S. Team.
Jordan Tuwiner: Routine ground ball to Machado and he shows off his rocket arm by firing to first for the out.
Don Olsen: For those watching, it is plays like these and the ones I witnessed in Frederick that make me say Machado is a future shortstop. It was another tough one hopper liner that he picked off. He had little effort on the throw and it was still enough to beat the man at first. Even with slight effort, remember this is an All-Star game; Manny was able to throw the ball from three feet deep in the outfield and still get the out.
Jordan Tuwiner: Machado shows off his arm by getting the runner at first from deep in the hole at SS.
Don Olsen: Nice job by Machado: laid off the outside fastball, but he was slightly fooled on the inside fastball and was jammed. In the future, he should be able to turn on an inside fastball. James Paxton has an exploding heater with late life which is tough to do much with. Anytime you can pick up that type of fastball in your first time facing that kind of pitcher, you should call it a solid at-bat.
Jordan Tuwiner: Machado flies out to right field and is now 0 for 2, although it was another quality at-bat.
Jordan Tuwiner: I believe it was Keith Law who pronounced Jonathan Schoop’s name incorrectly. It’s pronounced “Scope”, not “Shoop”.
Don Olsen: The one thing you have to like about Jonathan Schoop is the sound of the ball off the bat. Close your eyes and it sounds like big league pop.
Don Olsen: Decent approach in that at bat for Machado: patient with the off-speed stuff, and just missed a belt high fastball; missed the bat head and popped up.
Jordan Tuwiner: Great at-bat for Machado, but he flies out to right field. Fouled off a ton of pitches from Julio Teheran, who’s considered by some to be the #1 pitching prospect in baseball.
Jordan Tuwiner: ESPN’s Keith Law was in the booth (ESPN2) for a bit and mentioned Jonathan Schoop as one to watch in this game. Law called Schoop the second best prospect in the O’s organization and said he had an impressive BP session.
Scott: You have Profar higher than Machado?
Steve Carter: Good call, and it’s super close. Switch hitter making me lean toward Profar. You could certainly make an argument for either.
Carter contributed to our L.J. Hoes scouting report here on ON.
Jordan Tuwiner: It’s amazing how far Jonathan Schoop has come. Just one year ago I was watching him play in the GCL on the backfields at Ed Smith Stadium. Now he’s a top prospect and playing on National TV.
Manny Machado is starting at shortstop and batting second for the U.S. Team.
A few Keys players wish Machado and Schoop luck:
Baseball America’s Ben Badler — who’s in attendance for the game — weighs in on Jonathan Schoop after watching him take BP.