Yesterday it was announced that Sharlon Schoop, older brother of Jonathan, has extended his stay with the Baltimore Orioles by another year. The 29-year old infielder from Curacao will return on a minor league contract.
2017 will be Schoop’s fourth year in the organization of the Orioles after he spent time in the farm systems of the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.
Last season, Sharlon split the season between the AAA Norfolk Tides and the AA Bowie BaySox for the biggest part of the season. In early April the Orioles assigned him to extended Spring Training. After a short stint with the Tides, he was placed on the roster of the Short-A Aberdeen IronBirds. Eventually, Sharlon returned to the Norfolk Tides early May. In June Sharlon even got a call-up by the Orioles to fill the void that Manny Machado left as he had to serve a suspension. During two games, Sharlon served as a bench warmer and was sent down to Norfolk eventually.
With the Norfolk Tides, Sharlon played 46 games, 25 at second base, 4 at third and 17 at shortstop. He hit a subpar .236. With the BaySox, Sharlon hit .214 and played a total of 40 games, 20 at second base, 6 at third and 14 at shortstop.
After the 2016 season, Sharlon joined team Kingdom of the Netherlands during the two-game friendly series vs Samurai Japan. In the first game, he had one pinch hit at bat in which he drew a walk. In game two, Sharlon was the starting second baseman as he collected two hits in five at bats, one of them a three run homerun in the fifth.
Where Sharlon will start the 2017 season remains to be seen. A lot will depend on his performance during spring training. Looking to his numbers of last season, it is to be expected that he will start at AA level.