BohKnowsBmore Posted January 26, 2015 Share Posted January 26, 2015 It seems that there is a fairly decent contingent of Orioles fans that see Schoop's bat as "it is what it is." I agree that there is no guarantee that it will definitely improve, but I think it's silly to assume that he will continue to replicate his age-22 numbers. Others have brought up the growth of guys who have posted significant PA in their age-22 seasons and earlier, so I will spare those. Similarly, I will not bring up the proposed replacements who have not had comparable WAR contributions at the early age Schoop has had. What I want to focus on is OBP. I believe that some posters here fetishize working pitch counts and walks, but as a rationale baseball fan, I appreciate its importance (huge importance). Many have described Schoop as a hacker, which is fair given his MLB performance thus far. It is often mentioned that OBP/batting eye is a skill that one has or doesn't have, basically that the ability to take a walk is not something that can be counted on as far as development. Many have made comparisons between Schoop and Adam Jones. As much as I love Jones, and do not begrudge his approach, I think this is unfair. Looking at MiL numbers, in his longest stop (555 PA at AA), Schoop posted a 9% BB-rate. Jones never posted greater than a 7.7% rate in the minors, and was frequently well below that. Many SSS's, but Schoop has shown the ability to walk in the minors. I understand the desire to see him prove it at the MLB level, but I don't understand the pessimism regarding his ability to improve his average and BB-rate considering his MiLB numbers, physical profile and performance thus far. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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