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
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$Signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract with the Twins in December of 2018.
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2BMinnesota Twins
August 4, 2019
Schoop is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.
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Benched for the third time in four games, Schoop appears to have at least temporarily surrendered the primary gig at second base to Luis Arraez. The rookie upholds an .858 OPS through his first 174 big-league plate appearances compared to Schoop's .757 mark (in 355 plate appearances), so it's hard to quibble with manager Rocco Baldelli's lineup decision from a performance standpoint. Schoop's longer track record should help his case for recapturing the top job at the keystone if Arraez falls into a slump at any point.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
7
31
20
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
1
2
4
9
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .822 423 57 21 69 0 .270 .331 .491
Since 2017vs Right .751 1129 147 49 143 3 .261 .296 .454
2019vs Left .890 96 14 6 17 0 .274 .354 .536
2019vs Right .717 280 37 11 29 1 .247 .282 .434
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .782 779 99 35 124 2 .268 .311 .471
Since 2017Away .758 773 105 35 88 1 .259 .301 .457
2019Home .698 184 20 5 16 0 .253 .304 .394
2019Away .816 192 31 12 30 1 .254 .297 .519
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
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Stat Review
How does Jonathan Schoop compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.16
 
BB Rate
4.0%
 
K Rate
25.3%
 
BABIP
.300
 
ISO
.205
 
AVG
.254
 
OBP
.301
 
SLG
.459
 
OPS
.759
 
wOBA
.330
 
Exit Velocity
87.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
39.7%
 
Barrels/PA
5.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
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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Bows out of starting nine
2BMinnesota Twins
August 2, 2019
Schoop isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Royals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Sits again Thursday
2BMinnesota Twins
August 1, 2019
Schoop is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Marlins.
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Takes seat Tuesday
2BMinnesota Twins
July 30, 2019
Schoop is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.
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Situated on bench
2BMinnesota Twins
July 26, 2019
Schoop is not in the lineup Friday against the White Sox.
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On bench Tuesday
2BMinnesota Twins
July 23, 2019
Schoop is not starting Tuesday against the Yankees.
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