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How Jonathan Schoop played himself onto a contending team

Schoop Joins Milwaukee

July 31, 2018 - 10:29 pm
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By Austin Medina

As reported Tuesday minutes before the trade deadline, the Orioles shipped Jonathan Schoop to the Brewers. Schoop was the sixth Oriole traded within the past two weeks. The Baltimore demolition thankfully has come to an end (for this season, atleast).

What’s intriguing about the Schoop trade is how much he improved his draft stock in a matter of a month.

Schoop, like the O’s, got off to a rough start. Before July, Schoop batted an abysmal .197 with just 21 RBIs and eight homeruns. The Orioles were equally worse, going 23-59 in the three months prior to July.

When July came around (and more importantly the trade deadline), Schoop’s production saw a massive increase. He hit nine homeruns along with 19 RBIs in the month alone, while batting an impressive .360.

Nothing with Baltimore makes much sense, as they have won four of the past 10 games without Manny Machado. Mind you they won 28 of the previous 86 games with Machado, a four-time All-Star who is now playing in Los Angeles.

Schoop’s increase in production is equally confusing, yet nothing to do with talent. His talent is clearly significant. In 2017, Schoop batted .293 with 32 homers and 105 RBIs. That great stat line led many to believe another strong season would follow in 2018.

The cold start clearly impacted Schoop’s numbers for the season in its entirety. However Schoop’s strong July, whether to increase his trade stock or not, has him trending upwards.

Schoop now joins a Brewers squad who are fighting for a playoff berth. He is a clear upgrade for Milwaukee, who have received little production from their second basemen.

According to Joel Reuter, second basemen for the Brewers have batted just .242 on the season. With Schoop’s hot bat, the Brewers are hopeful his hitting stays hot.