How long can the Orioles trot Jonathan Schoop out there? As of June 1st, his OPS is below .600.
Schoop has definitely struggled at the plate thus far this season. As of the morning of June 8th his OPS is .621. He is striking out too much, not walking enough, and hitting way too many ground balls. His Line Drive rate is the lowest among qualified batters in the MLB, a good indicator that he is having a very hard time barreling up the ball. However, he has shown improvement as of late. He has had a nice start to the month of June and for the last two weeks he is hitting .273/.304/.432. Also, in June, his line drive rate is up thus far. Furthermore, to start the year he was striking out a third of the time and he has reduced his K rate to around a fifth of the time. It’s minor improvement, but improvement nonetheless. The key for Schoop is that pitchers are attacking him by throwing him sliders, over 20% of the time (near the top of the MLB). Simply watching, you can tell he struggles against a major league slider right now. But, that’s the point, he can’t see major league sliders in AAA. To get better he is going to have to see sliders from top level pitchers, not AAA pitchers. The Orioles are going to give him a long leash, I doubt he’ll see the minors this year.
– Alex Conway
What’s the latest on Michael Almanzar, are you surprised he hasn’t been offered back to the Sox?
The most recent update from Roch had him doing full baseball activities. It does seem strange to keep him rehabbing on the Orioles dime when it does not appear he has a spot on the roster. He is currently on the 60-day DL. A rule five draftee must be on the active roster for 90 days in order to stay in the drafting team’s organization. It makes me think it is at least possible that the Orioles attempt to stash him on the bench for the rest of the season. It’s not likely, but it’s odd that the Orioles have kept him around for so long so anything is possible.
– Alex Conway
(LHP) Luis Gonzalez had an interesting debut start for Delmarva. I’m looking at his MiLB player page and I’m trying to figure out how he came to the O’s after 3 seasons with the Phillies. Do you have any info on this kid?
I have asked around on Gonzalez, as I have yet to see him in person. He throws an 89-91 mph fastball that has some deception and late life. He also works a changeup and slider, both which need some work still. Apparently the Orioles signed him last season, sent him back to the DSL to work on mechanical issues, and he has now taken off. That’s all I have, but I hope to see him shortly.
– Tucker Blair
Thoughts on the draft?
Loaded question. The Orioles did not have much to work with this year due to not having a first or second round selection. I will have reports flowing in as I get them. Look for a heavy dose of my thoughts this week. For now, follow the 2014 Orioles Draft Tracker which I will keep updated and link back to all reports. Brian Gonzalez and Pat Connaughtan are already updated.
– Tucker Blair