legmason wrote:I don't recall Schoop ever being particularly praised for his defense but his 14 errors so far this year are more than concerning. What's the word on hs defense this year? Are these mostly throwing errors that some patience and coaching could fix and does he stay at second? Does anybody have any insight?
It can be really tough to judge a prospect's defense by their minor league stats. Quite often the infields are poor in quality, the player on the other end of a throw has a questionable glove, and the scorer shows why they're in the minor leagues. For a 2B like Schoop most scouts look at how they position themselves, move to the ball, set up, arm strength, accuracy, and instincts. Everything but the instincts can be taught or practiced.
The Orioles are very fortunate to have Mike Bordick as an instructor. Look for him to work with both Schoop and Machado this year and in ST next year. I would be surprised if Schoop is not at least above league average as a fielder.
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