Quite some surprising news as L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced through their website today that the club has added Sharlon Schoop to their roster. The older brother of Minnesota Twins’ second baseman, Jonathan Schoop will debut in the Dutch hoodklasse on Sunday.
The 32-year old Curaçaoan struggled through the 2018 season as he had quite some stints on the disabled list. His last game was on June 23rd with the Bowie BaySox vs the Richmond Flying Squirrels in which he went 0 for 1.
In the past four years, Sharlon spent most of the time at AAA as he hit a modest .239.
He broke into professional baseball in 2005 when he debuted with the AZ Giants. After 38 more games at Rookie level, he was promoted the Salem Keizer Volcanoes of the Advanced rookie Pioneer League. After 42 games at A Full Season level things went rather fast for Schoop as he was pomoted to AA in 2009. After splitting the 2010 season between A Full Season and AA, he spent four years at AA level with the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Bowie BaySox. Eventually, in 2015, Sharlon debuted with the Norfolk Tides in the International League (AAA).
Eventually, after the 2018 season, Sharlon opted for free agency but a contract with an eventual club was never signed.
With his 13 seasons in professional baseball, Sharlon brings a lot of experience to the Pirates’ lineup. Not only will he be very useful in the Dutch hoofdklasse, he will also be of good use during the upcoming European Champions Cup that will be played in Bologna and Castenaso (Italy).
Sharlon was also part of the Dutch team that won the World Championship in 2011 when it beat Cuba 2-1 in the final in Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City.