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Orioles minor leaguers Schoop, Belfiore participate in AFL Rising Stars Game

Two Orioles minor leagues played in Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Infielder Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles’ third-ranked prospect, was 0-for-2 with a run scored, and left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore was perfect through 2/3 inning in relief in a winning cause in the AFL East’s 9-4 win over the AFL West.

Both players have had impressive fall seasons with the Mesa Solar Sox.

Playing mostly third base, the 21-year-old Schoop has put up a .292/.452/.500 line with two homers and seven RBIs in 16 games, displaying an improved plate discipline (12 walks in 60 plate appearances) over his 2012 season at Double-A Bowie, where he hit .245/.324/.386 with 24 doubles, 14 homers and 56 RBIs with a career-high 103 strikeouts and 50 walks in 124 games.  

The 24-year-old Belfiore , who was sent to the Orioles as the player to be named in the Josh Bell trade in May, has held left-handed hitters to a .143 batting average, yielding just two hits over 4 1/3 innings. He’s allowed just one run in his last six relief appearances over six innings. Belfiore was 5-1 with a 2.85 ERA at Bowie over 47 1/3 relief innings during the season.

The Solar Sox (5-15) have 10 more scheduled games this season.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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