Jonathan Schoop
Jonathan Schoop
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Minnesota Twins
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Brewers GM David Stearns hoped Schoop would be able to provide a shot in the arm at a position the Brewers did not get much from in 2018, but he made little impact for the club and saw only scant playing time by season’s end. Because of that, the Brewers elected not to tender Schoop a contract during the offseason, making him a free agent. It was just two years ago that Schoop posted an .841 OPS and finished with 105 RBI, but that year he posted a .954 OPS against southpaws. Last year, he finished with just a .647 OPS against lefties, which is more in line with the .693 OPS he has posted against left-handers in his career. Schoop has pop, hitting at least 20 home runs three years in a row, and he should have an everyday role with the Twins, but unless he figures out how to hit lefties again, it’s likely he will be the good player he has been most of his career rather than the great one he was in 2017. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with the Twins in December of 2018.
Joins Minnesota on one-year deal
2BMinnesota Twins
December 6, 2018
Schoop signed a one-year, $7 million contract with the Twins on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Schoop will move west to Minnesota after being non-tendered by the Brewers earlier in the offseason. The 27-year-old struggled between Milwaukee and Baltimore in 2018, hitting just .233/.266/.416 across a combined 131 games at both stops. That said, he owns a career .258 average and has topped 20 homers in each of the past three seasons, so he could make for a sneaky late-round target in fantasy drafts given his open path to playing time in Minnesota.
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Since 2016
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Since 2016vs Left .765 483 59 20 69 0 .261 .308 .456
Since 2016vs Right .766 1340 176 58 179 3 .269 .302 .463
2018vs Left .646 161 20 5 19 0 .238 .286 .361
2018vs Right .698 340 41 16 42 1 .230 .257 .442
2017vs Left .955 166 23 10 33 0 .300 .361 .593
2017vs Right .805 509 69 22 72 1 .290 .330 .475
2016vs Left .688 156 16 5 17 0 .243 .276 .412
2016vs Right .772 491 66 20 65 1 .274 .305 .467
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Since 2016Home .787 910 122 43 147 3 .270 .308 .479
Since 2016Away .744 913 113 35 101 0 .264 .300 .443
2018Home .701 261 33 12 45 1 .235 .268 .433
2018Away .662 240 28 9 16 0 .230 .264 .398
2017Home .891 334 46 18 63 1 .303 .347 .544
2017Away .792 341 46 14 42 0 .283 .328 .463
2016Home .750 315 43 13 39 1 .264 .298 .452
2016Away .754 332 39 12 43 0 .269 .298 .456
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Schoop's power was never in question, so eclipsing the 30-homer mark for the first time in 2017 was not surprising, but a lack of selectivity was expected to hinder batting-average growth. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the batter's box as Schoop was far more discerning last season, dropping his chase rate and swing rate inside the zone. Schoop's strikeout rate didn't change (21.0 percent), but when bat met ball, his hard-contact rate markedly improved (to 36.1 percent). A two-percentage-point increase in walk rate may not seem like much, but when it was three percent, a jump to five percent is another encouraging sign. Just 26 years old, further growth isn't out of the question. Schoop has earned a spot in the meat of the order and plays half his games in one of the best hitting parks in the league. Considering 2017 as Schoop's baseline is defensible, availing a buying opportunity if the room is reticent.
At 25 years old, Schoop has established what he is at the big league level: a free swinger with lots of power potential that will punish mistakes when pitchers make them. He has also established that he is more than willing to limit his effectiveness by chasing pitches that he should spit on, playing right into the pitcher's plan. In fact, Schoop had the majors' fourth-worst rate of swinging out of the zone in 2016 and one of the 10 worst rates over the past three years. Schoop is like teammate Manny Machado in that he does most of his power damage against righties (48 of his 57 homers). Unlike Machado, Schoop does have issues against lefties. His career batting average is 32 points worse and his strikeout rate is six percentage points higher against southpaws. Keep that in mind for daily fantasy matchups or weeks with multiple lefty starters projected.
Schoop is a very intriguing player to watch in 2016. He is terribly impatient at the plate and there is quite a bit of swing and miss in his game. Yet, when he does make contact, it is loud. He hit 15 homers and had a .203 Isolated Power in limited playing time last season returning from injury. Despite the swing and miss in his game, he was still able to hit .279 which is a testament to the type of contact he does make because he’s not very fast on the bases. It is easy to envision Schoop leading all second basemen in home runs in 2016 and challenging 25 homers on the season, but the infrequent contact and impatience in his game leave him stuck in the bottom half of the Baltimore lineup, limiting his run-scoring and RBI opportunities. Draft the power upside and let the rest of the chips fall as they may.
2014 was an interesting year for Schoop. He homered on 16 occasions, which was three more times than he walked on the year. While that may sound like some kind of record, it isn’t, as Karim Garcia walked just six times in 2002 while hitting 16 home runs. The homers were Schoop’s only redeeming fantasy value as he did not run, did not drive in many runs and was a batting average drag. Only three everyday players had a lower batting average than Schoop, and no other player had a worse on-base percentage. To top matters off, Billy Hamilton and Adeiny Hechevarria had higher slugging percentages than Schoop. The young infielder has little sense of plate discipline and is going to be stuck in the bottom of the order until he shows an ability to hit with power and get on base more than a quarter of the time.
The Orioles would have liked for Schoop to be ready to compete for a job in 2014, but that does not seem likely. Schoop slashed just .278/.301/.396 at Triple-A before hitting just .177 in the Arizona Fall League, and his ceiling does not appear to be as high now as it used to be. Schoop could turn into an average MLB hitter, though his power is taking a step forward. Schoop hit 15 home runs in 2013, one more than his 2012 total despite 162 fewer at-bats. The Orioles are set for now on the left side of the infield with Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy, but an organizational hole at second base could open up playing time for Schoop sooner rather than later, if the team fails to acquire a more established option before Opening Day.
Just a 20-year-old in Double-A, Schoop had some difficulty adjusting to advanced pitching. His strikeout rate increased from 14.4 percent in 2011 to 18.6 percent in 2012. With J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado set to occupy the left side of Baltimore's infield, Schoop was moved to second base to add depth at that position. The Orioles are giving Schoop every opportunity to get experienced, including his trip to the Arizona Fall League where he struck out 21.7 percent of the time, but also had an OPS of .874. Schoop could start the season at Double-A or Triple-A and could push for a call from the Orioles late in the 2013 season.
For much of the last decade, the Orioles have an organizational hole at shortstop. But now at the major league level they have J.J. Hardy, gifted to them by the Twins before the 2011 season, and elite prospect Manny Machado, so it's easy to overlook that Schoop is also in the organization. In his first full season stateside, Schoop advanced to the High-A Carolina league as a 19-year old after first making it to the Futures Game. When he played at the same level as Machado, he played third base while Machado played shortstop, and that's probably how it will work if and when both make it to the major league level. Schoop is still filling out his frame and can reasonably be expected to hit for more power once he does so.
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Hits open market
2BFree Agent
November 30, 2018
Schoop was non-tendered by the Brewers on Friday.
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Hits go-ahead grand slam in victory
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 10, 2018
Schoop went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead grand slam and five RBI in all in Sunday's victory over the Giants.
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Notches three RBI in victory
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 5, 2018
Schoop went 1-for-1 with three RBI in Tuesday's victory over the Cubs.
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Checks out of starting nine
2BMilwaukee Brewers
September 2, 2018
Schoop is out of the lineup Sunday against the Nationals.
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Batting fifth Thursday
2BMilwaukee Brewers
August 30, 2018
Schoop will start at second base and bat fifth Thursday against the Reds.
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