Jonathan Schoop saw his infield coach, Bobby Dickerson, in the parking lot yesterday morning as Jonathan had to report in the office of Buck Showalter. Normally, his infield coach isn’t at the ballpark this early. With a growing suspicion, Schoop headed to Showalter’s office, where he found out he had been selected to the American League All-Star roster as sole representative of the Orioles.
At the parkinglot, Dickerson said Showalter wanted to talk to him. When he entered the office, Buck and all the coaches came in and then Buck told Him he had made the All-Star roster.
The 25-year old infielder from Curacao will be a reserve. He is now batting .293/.348/.538 with 23 doubles, 16 home runs and 51 RBIs in 79 games.
Schoop is one of the many talents that the Caribbean islands of the Dutch kingdom produce: Kenley Jansen, Xander Bogaerts and Didi Gregorius ( who’s still in the race for a roster spot as well) to name a few.
Signed by the O’s, Jonathan made his first steps in professional baseball in the Dominican Summer League in 2009. He worked his way up through three levels in 2010. In 2011, he stayed put at A ball but in 2012 he worked his way up to AA. Then in 2013, after a lengthy stay of 70 games at AAA Norfolk, he debuted with the O’s. In five games, he hit a decent .286. In 2014, Jonathan played 137 games for Baltimore but struggled at the plate. The 2015 season was cut short as he hit the DL. After Jonathan hit .267 in 2016, 2017 seems to be his breakout year.
With a couple of good second basemen on the AL roster, Jonathan will start the All-Star game at the bench, but that doesn’t keep him from being excited: “I’m happy right now. When Cleveland was in town, (Jason) Kipnis told me, ‘Hey, we’ve got a lot of good second basemen. I thought you got two All-Stars already, but there’s a lot of good names.’ And, you know, all those guys who’s good. Even look up to (Robinson) Canó, you know? Those guys. I’m so happy right now. Excited and happy.”