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Jonathan Schoop recalled to Major League
BALTIMORE, Maryland (USA) - Infielder Jonathan Schoop was one of four players recalled from the Minor Leagues to join the Major League-team of the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. The others were infielder Ryan Flaherty, pitcher Josh Stinson and designated hitter Henry Urrutia. Schoop is the lone player of this group who has not played in the Major League before. From September 1 on, clubs may expand their big league-rosters to 40 players.

...Jonathan Schoop during the WBC...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
This season, the 21-year old Schoop played for three different Minor League-teams in the organization of the Orioles. Schoop played the majority of the season for the Norfolk Tides in Triple-A. Due to a stress fracture in his lower back, he missed more than two months and recovered playing in eight games for the GCL Orioles in Rookie League and in three games for the Aberdeen IronBirds in Class-A Short Season.

With the Tides, he played in 70 games as second baseman and short stop and batted .256 (69-for-270), scored 30 runs and collected 34 runs batted in. Schoop hit eleven doubles and nine homeruns.

2013 is the fifth professional season for Schoop, who made his debut in 2009.

In 2012, he played in the All Star Game in the Eastern League (AA) and he was a member of the Futures Team in the All Star Futures Game in 2011. Schoop is considered the top position player in the organization of the Orioles. In 2011, he was named the organizational player of the year, winning the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award.

In March of this year, Schoop participated with the Dutch National Team in the World Baseball Classic, hitting .214 with two homeruns in eight games. In 2011, Schoop also played for the Orange squad that captured the title in the World Championship in Panama.

After the season, Schoop, who was born in Willemstad (Curaçao) will play in the Arizona Fall League. Before the season, Schoop was on the 40-man roster of the Orioles and played in three games during Spring Training. He went 4-for-6 (.667) with a homerun, scored twice and had four RBI's. Last year, Schoop also played in three games during Spring Training.

Schoop will report to the Orioles in Cleveland and might make his Major League-debut on Wednesday-evening against the Cleveland Indians. Beginning on Thursday, the Orioles plays a series of games at home, facing the Chicago White Sox (September 5-8) and New York Yankees (September 9-12). The Orioles and Yankees are currently in a race for one of the Wild Cards. On Tuesday, the Yankees moved by the Orioles to take sole possession of third place in the American League East.

When he plays, Schoop becomes the 25th player with a Dutch passport to have reached the Major League. Before 1979, when Dutch pitcher Win Remmerswaal made his Major League-debut, there were four other players who were born in the Netherlands, but didn't raise there. This includes pitcher Bert Blyleven, who pitched in 22 Major League-seasons. All other players were raised either in the Netherlands or on the Netherlands Antilles.

On August 19, infielder Xander Bogaerts was recalled by the Boston Red Sox. Since then, Bogaerts has played in eight games and hist 6-for-19 (.316) with a double, scoring one run with two RBI's.

Besides Bogaerts and Schoop, there are five other Dutch players currently in the Major League: outfielder Roger Bernadina (Philadelphia Phillies), infielder Didi Gregorius (Arizona Diamondbacks), pitcher Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles Dodgers), infielder Andrelton Simmons (Atlanta Braves) and infielder Jurickson Profar (Texas Rangers).

(September 4)

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