In a new and possibly regular fixture here at BSR, I will try and shine a light on some positive things that are happening in and around the Orioles organization in what seems to be a doom and gloom season. This week, I will take a look at Jonathan Schoop.
Before going on the disabled list with an oblique injury, Schoop had a slow start to the season. In 65 plate appearances, he hit .230 while only having one home run, three RBI’s, and only five extra base hits altogether. Schoop seemingly was starting to put it together near the middle of the month but unfortunately went down due to an oblique strain.
Oblique injuries always worry me and leave me with a lingering concern in regards to players, especially ones who come back from them suspiciously quick. I am sure we all remember Chris Davis’ 2014 being rememberable for his suspension and noticeable drop in performance but I always remember his oblique injury early on in the year; an injury I worry never fully recovered and that contributed to the struggles he had the remainder of the season.
Or, as a more recent example: Zach Britton in Spring Training of last season. Britton, luckily, did start off the season on time but missed a good chunk of the year to forearm problems; a completely different injury.
Still, the Davis model still had me worry for Jonathan Schoop; especially with his return seeming very soon. However, he has produced and moderately well in the time he’s been back. In 32 plate appearances, Schoop is slashing .290/.313/.548 with two home runs, nine RBI’s, and has four extra base hits total; almost reaching his season total before in the injury in a little less than half of the plate appearances.
Schoop, who had a career year in 2017, slashed .293/.338/.503 on the season and he is closing in on being around there again as his season totals are now up to .250/.281/.413. The hope now is that Schoop will continue his trend of hitting well in June and carry on the same kind of production we saw out of him last July. In the month of June for his career, he has a .316/.369/.544 slash line and last July saw him have a clip of .343/.377/.638. Coincidentally, that July was the month in which he made his first All Star Game appearance.
If Schoop continues the production we have seen from him in his return from injury, we could possibly see him sneak his way onto the American League team again, especially with Robinson Cano missing most of the season due to suspension and second base not being that stacked of a position in the AL.
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