Machado, Schoop Named Top 20 SAL League Prospects by Baseball America

Baseball America published their top 20 South Atlantic League prospects today and the Orioles’ top two position prospects, Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, were ranked.

Machado ranked at #2 on the list, coming in behind only Bryce Harper. They noted Machado’s plus bat, above-average defensive tools and quoted a scout saying “He has everything you want from a shortstop.”

BA ranked Schoop #9 and noted his good command of the strike zone, ability to play second or third base, and quoted a scout saying “I liked him as much as any player we saw this year. His upside is impressive.”

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