By Jon Meoli
The Baltimore Sun
2:42 PM EDT, May 14, 2014
Jonathan Schoop isn’t the only member of his family garnering attention in the Orioles system. His older brother, Sharlon, is batting .306 with a pair of home runs for Double-A Bowie.
Schoop, 27, joined the Orioles organization last offseason after seven minor league seasons with the San Francisco Giants and one with the Kansas City Royals farm system. While he appears to have topped out at Double-A, the infielder is finding his stroke in Bowie’s hot lineup.
He’s batting .317 with a home run and five RBIs in his past 10 games, and has an .821 OPS in 24 games for the Baysox. Schoop is behind a loaded group of utility infielders in Triple-A, and he is old for his level, but his development and growth in his brother’s organization is worth noting.
Berry bounces back
Left-hander Tim Berry did his part in an impressive pitching night across the Orioles’ minor league affiliates Tuesday, pitching seven innings and giving up only one run and five hits in the team’s win over Richmond.
After allowing no earned runs in his first start of the season and just one in each of his next three starts, Berry hit a rough patch. He allowed nine runs in four innings April 27, and gave up seven runs combined in his next two starts before rebounding Wednesday.
Overall, Berry has a 2-1 record and a 3.88 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings.
Two Baysox honored
Outfielder Dariel Alvarez and pitcher Tyler Wilson were named the Orioles’ Player and Pitcher of the Month for April, respectively, the club announced Tuesday.
Alvarez, the 21-year-old Cuban outfielder, hit .361/.370/.567 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in April. He has cooled in May, but he is still hitting .336/.353/.538 with six home runs and 30 RBIs overall for the Baysox.
Wilson, a right-hander from Virginia, was 4-0 with a 2.76 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings in the month for the Baysox. He is 5-2 with a 3.92 ERA on the season.
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