For the first time in history, Jonathan and Sharlon Schoop will be on the same MLB squad.
The Nederlandsehonkbalsite.com announced the news today.
For two seasons, Sharlon was part of Baltimore’s AAA team, the Norfolk Tides, but despite being one step away from the Bigs, the call up never came until yesterday. Today Sharlon will join the Orioles MLB team.
Because he never was called up to the Bigs, Sharlon was a valued member of team Kingdom of the Netherlands during tournaments like the European Cup and the Premier 12. Now it remains to be seen if Dutch team manager Steve Janssen can use Sharlon with the upcoming European Cup in September. The two brothers played together with team Netherlands in 2011 when they helped to beat Cuba in the World Cup final, bringing the world championship to the Netherlands.
The reason for his call up may lie in the two games suspension that Manny Machado has to serve. Machado’s position has been taken by Paul Janish for the time being, so perhaps, Sharlon can prove himself at second base and form an infield tandem with his younger brother Jonathan.
In 2005 Sharlon broke into professional baseball when he debuted for the AZL Giants. Slowly he worked his way up through the minors and reached the AA Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2011. In 2012 he joined the Royals’ organization and played for their AA team Northwest Arkansas Naturals. In 2013 he joined the ranks of the Orioles where he is playing ever since.
So far this season, Sharlon has played 40 games for the Norfolk Tides and hit a modest .240. But, just like his brother, he has some pop in his bat as he hit 4 homeruns and six doubles.
During the previous European Cup, Sharlon hit .381 in 21 at bats with one homerun, one triple and two doubles.