Sharlon Schoop is back with the Norfolk Tides. The Curaçaoan infielder was placed on the roster of the Aberdeen IronBirds at the start of the Minor League season.
After he was added to the Tides roster, Sharlon was put in the lineup immediately. In the 7-3 loss vs the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), Sharlon did do well as he went 1 for 3 with a sharp single to right field in the fourth inning. He got on base in another plate appearances as well as he drew a walk in his first at-bat, putting his OPS at .833. After he got on base in the fourth inning, he attempted to steal second base but was caught doing so.
On the defensive side, Sharlon recorded three outs, one of them a caught line drive, as he played second base last night.
The reason why Sharlon was placed on the Aberdeen IronBirds roster was, he had some visa problems. He was at the Isle of Curaçao the other week to settle this. The IronBirds are the A Short Season team of the Orioles so in that way, they did not interfere with the other minor league rosters during his absence.
The 2018 season is Sharlon’s twelfth season in professional baseball. In the previous three seasons, he spent time on both the Norfolk and Bowie BaySox rosters. During his stints with the Tides, he struggled somewhat at the plate, hitting .217, .236 and .193 in the previous three seasons.
In the past three seasons, Sharlon was signed out of minor league free agency by the Baltimore Orioles. Originally, Sharlon was signed by the San Francisco Giants organization, where he reached AA level.
A big hand for Clinton Kirindongo, who provided the much-needed information.