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Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop relishing opportunity to be in big leagues

Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles’ top position prospect, has been with the major league club in spring training for parts of the past two seasons, but Tuesday marked his official first day in the big leagues.

The club recalled Schoop, the organization’s No. 3 prospect, according to Baseball America, as well as outfielder Henry Urrutia and right-hander Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk.

The Orioles contemplated whether to call up Schoop and Urrutia when rosters expanded or let them continue to get work in the instructional league in Sarasota, Fla., before moving on to the Arizona Fall League. But Showalter said both players can learn from being in a pennant race regardless of how many at-bats they receive.

“I just think they can benefit more from being here this time of the year, especially Jonathan, “ Showalter said. “I think everything you can expose these guys to that have a chance to be in the major leagues. I think it only helps the transition.”

In Cleveland, Schoop was reunited with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. The two players are good friends and came up through the minor leagues together before Machado was called up to the major leagues last August.

“He went through it last year,” Schoop said. “He can explain to me what’s going on. It can help me more. It can help me a lot, on the field and off the field. … It’s not so hard because I know all those guys already, especially with Manny being here, it helps me more because I’m friends with him, and I know most of these guys. I think I fit in.”

Schoop, 21, hit .256 with nine home runs and 34 RBIs for Norfolk, but his season was sidetracked when he missed more than two months with a stress fracture in his lower back.

“It was frustrating because I’ve never been out more than a week out of baseball,” Schoop said. “At first, it was tough for me to adjust because I didn’t want to walk away. I wanted to play, but I couldn’t. I needed to sit back and not play for it to get better or it could have got worse. That’s why I sat back and did my rehab program and now I feel good right now.”

Around the horn

Orioles first-round pick Hunter Harvey is scheduled to start Game 2 of short-season Class-A Aberdeen’s best-of-three New York-Penn League semifinal series Saturday, which would put him in line to get another start if the IronBirds advance to the championship series. … Matt Wieters’ four-hit game Monday was the fifth of his career. He went into Tuesday’s game with a .306 career batting average in September. … Orioles left-handed reliever Troy Patton celebrated his 28th birthday Tuesday. … Class-A Frederick trainer Patrick Wesley was named Carolina League athletic trainer of the year. Wesley is in his 10th season in the organization and had worked at major league spring training the past three seasons.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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