Orioles minor league infielders Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop were teammates for the first couple of months of the season at Low-A Delmarva, and they'll be manning the same infield again tonight when Machado makes his High-A Frederick debut.
On July 10, they'll be opponents in the Futures Game as part of major league baseball's All-Star festivities in Arizona. Machado, the 18-year-old shortstop who is considered the organization's top prospect, will represent the U.S. team, along with Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper. Schoop, a 19-year-old infielder who signed with the Orioles as a nondrafted free agent out of Curacao, will play for the World team.
Schoop batted .316 with eight homers and 34 RBIs in 51 games with Delmarva before earning a promotion to Frederick, where he has batted .302 with seven RBIs in 13 games for the Keys. He's ranked as the Orioles' 10th-best prospect by Baseball America.
Machado, the organization's third overall pick in last year's draft out of Miami Brito Private, batted .276 with six homers and 24 RBIs in 38 games for Delmarva before he was promoted this week after the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
(UPDATE): Machado popped out in his first at-bat for the Keys and then hit a solo homer in his second.
In other news, the Orioles have agreed to terms with ninth-round pick Devin Jones, a right-handed pitcher out of Mississippi State. He is the fourth pick in the first 10 rounds to agree to terms with the Orioles, who have signed nine of their 50 picks overall.
Jones went 2-5 with a 4.37 ERA in 19 appearances (eight starts) for the Bulldogs in the 2011 season.