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From BR Bullpen
Jonathan Jesus Schoop
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.
 Biographical Information
Jonathan was on the Willemstad team that won the 2004 Little League World Series, getting the save in the finale against Thousand Oaks, CA; it was the first team from the Netherlands Antilles to win the Little League World Series. He signed with the Baltimore Orioles in August 2008. He hit .239/.320/.291 as a rookie with the 2009 DSL Orioles, stealing 11 bases in 14 tries. He fielded .944 at shortstop. The next year, he bounced between the GCL Orioles (.250/.329/.467 in 17 G), Bluefield Orioles (.316/.372/.459 in 39 G) and Frederick Keys (5 for 21, 3 2B, BB). He fielded .929 in 55 games at short that season. At year's end, Baseball America named him the #10 Orioles prospect.
In 2011, he was used as a utility infielder by Frederick (.271/.329/.375 in 77 G) and the Delmarva Shorebirds (.316/.376/.514 in 51 G), with 13 home runs and 82 runs between the two clubs. Baseball America rated him as the #9 South Atlantic League prospect (between Brandon Jacobs and fellow Dutch citizen Xander Bogaerts) and the #6 Carolina League prospect (behind Manny Machado, Drew Pomeranz, Mike Olt, fellow Dutch citizen Andrelton Simmons and Robbie Erlin). In the 2011 Futures Game, he replaced Jose Altuve as the second base for the World team in the 6th inning; he formed a double play tandem with former Little League World Series teammate Jurickson Profar. In his lone plate appearance in the contest, he singled off Kyle Gibson in the 7th but was picked off.
He then made the Dutch national team roster for the 2011 Baseball World Cup; though still a teenager, he was not even the youngest infielder on the roster, as Bogaerts made it at age 18. One of his teammates on the club was his brother Sharlon. He got into regular action after starting third baseman Vince Rooi was injured early in the Cup. Jonathan wound up hitting 6th or 7th after his brother Sharlon. Schoop struggled offensively on the tourney, hitting .184/.225/.263, which was actually better than Sharlon posted. Jonathan did field well, with 14 putouts, 11 assists and no errors. He also had some clutch plays. In a 7-5 upset of Team USA (the defending champs), Jonathan hit a 3-run triple off Matt Shoemaker. Against Australia, he threw out a runner at home in a 2-1 win. In the Gold Medal game against Cuba, he came to bat in the 4th with one out and a 1-1 tie facing Freddy Asiel Alvarez. Schoop singled in Curt Smith with the last run of the Gold Medal game, helping the Netherlands win Gold for the first time ever at a Baseball World Cup.