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Monday, June 30, 2014

Melewski: The scoop on Schoop: Showalter on his rookie second baseman

Jezus, how do you defend a 65 OPS+‘er…Buck Showalter finds a way.

“Think it’s more a challenge mentally and emotionally than anything,” Showalter said. “The thing I like (is) his defense hasn’t suffered. He knows, it gets harped on, bring something every game. How are you going to impact this game?

“You don’t get frustrated with them, you get frustrated for them. Because we feel like Jon is going to be a good hitter up here and there are things you go through. You know Manny (Machado), maybe moreso this year than last year, you go through them.”

Schoop has a .262 on-base percentage, a .333 slugging percentage and a .595 OPS. He has walked just seven times with 51 strikeouts.

“The game will, I don’t want to say humble you because Jon is a very humble guy to start with. It’s reality around every corner. The biggest jump is the pitching. Huge jump in the pitching between the past level and this one,” Showalter said.

...Showalter said teams now promote young talent even before they’ve mastered a level behind them.

“You look at all these guys on the field today, look back through and see how many dominated a level behind them. Doesn’t happen much more in today’s game. Back when I played, I hate saying that, but guys dominated a level and left it. Then they dominated another level. There is not a four-A league. That has changed about the game. Guys are flying through systems.”

As Schoop tries to find his way against the best pitchers in the world, does he have the right makeup to handle that?

“Well, who knows?” Showalter said. “We all think we know somebody. Until you really ... Jon has faced adversity in his life before. Frustrated for him. I know how hard he tries and how much he wants to. I know the ability is there. Sometimes it is tough to get out of your own way.


Repoz Posted: June 30, 2014 at 01:14 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Davo Posted: June 30, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4739901)
I like how they've chosen to honor the memory of Brian Roberts by refusing to get a replacement for him.
   2. Magnum RA Posted: June 30, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4739926)
I like Buck and I generally like loyalty, but Buck takes it too far. Flaherty is terrible and Schoop isn't ready. It's time for an upgrayedd (two D's for an double dose of that defense).
   3. Leroy Kincaid Posted: June 30, 2014 at 03:01 PM (#4740004)
Shouldn't it be "The Dope on Schoop"?
   4. Walt Davis Posted: June 30, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4740184)
I don't think Buck is right about prospects being rushed more than before but somebody else can track down that info.

But the rushing of Schoop looks absurd. The kid's minor-league career line is just 268/335/407, a bit worse than that in his half-year at AAA. He's never mastered any level except maybe a half-season at A; heck he's barely been passable at most levels.

And it's not like he was rushed up from AA this season because they didn't have any options. When he had his good rookie ball season at age 18, he was in A+ by the end of the year, completely skipping A. Back in regular A at 19, he did well for a half-season and up he went to A+ where he stagnated. Didn't stop them from putting him in AA for all of age 20 where he really struggles (245/324/386) ... so naturally he was up to AAA in 2013. He didn't hit there so it was up to the majors.
   5. NattyBoh Posted: June 30, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4740348)
He's hitting better than the catchers.

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