Schoop returns to Orioles

Sharlon Schoop (photo: courtesy of Henk Seppen)

The Baltimore Orioles have signed Sharlon Schoop to a minor league contract. Sharlon is the older brother of Orioles’ infielder Jonathan Schoop.

Sharlon played for the Bowie Baysox in the Eastern League (O’s AA affiliate) last season. In 77 games and 267 at bats he collected 58 (.217)hits of which thirteen doubles and three homeruns.

The biggest part of his career he played for the Giants’ organization. He started in the Arizona League (rookie) in 2005 to be promoted to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Northwest League (A short season) in the next season.
In 2007 he played for the Volcanoes again before being promoted to the Augusta GreenJackets (A full season) of the South Atlantic League. Sharlon played the entire 2008 season for the San Jose Giants in the California League (A advanced). In 2009 he played all season at AA level for the Connecticut Defenders, then the AA team of the Giants. When the Giants  moved their AA team to Richmond in 2010, he split the season between the Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA Eastern League) and the A full season Augusta GreenJackets. In his last season with the Giants (2011) he played for the Flying Squirrels again.

In 2012 he signed a contract with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals AA affiliate) of the Texas League.

He missed the entire 2013 season due to an injury.

He joined team Netherlands during the 2014 European Cup. Over seven games he went 8 for 25 (.320) with eight RBI.

During the 2014 season at Bowie, he played 11 games at second base and went perfect. At third base he played 18 games and committed two errors, resulting in a .953 fielding percentage. The biggest chunk of last season he played at short (47 games) and committed seven errors resulting in a .966 fielding percentage.

A big thanks goes out to @DutchBaseballNews who announced this news at Twitter.

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