Schoop displays good eye in Arizona

Schoop displays good eye in Arizona
November 27, 2012, 5:30 am
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The Orioles had seven players on the Arizona Fall League’s Mesa Solar Sox. None of them produced any eye-popping statistics, except for infielder Jonathan Schoop.

Schoop, recently added to the Orioles’ 40-man roster, had only a .270 batting average, but thanks to a good eye at the plate, he posted a .446 on-base percentage. Schoop had 16 walks, two homers and 10 RBIs in 63 at-bats.

Among the pitchers, only Mike Belfiore, who also was added to the 40-man roster, posted an ERA under 6.00, with a 4.38 in 12 1/3 innings of relief. Belfiore yielded 14 hits and three homers, striking out 13 and walking four.

Earlier this month, Belfiore, acquired during the season to complete a trade with the Diamondbacks, told he felt he progressed in 2012 by being able to pitch exclusively out of the bullpen.

"It's probably been my best year because I got back to my comfort zone," said Belfiore, who pitched for Double-A Bowie. "In college, I was a closer full time, never started. It was definitely an advantage going back to what I was comfortable with. I learned a lot from this year.”

The rest of the pitchers didn’t fare nearly as well, particularly Clay Schrader. In 10 1/3 innings of relief, Schrader gave up 14 hits and walked 12, ending up with a 9.28 ERA. Mike Wright started seven games and yielded 37 hits in 21 innings. His ERA was 6.43.