New Orioles hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said while he won't change the approach of some Orioles' hitters who strike out a lot, he would like to see the strikeout total decrease for Schoop.
"I think the ones that you kind of look at are somebody like a Jonathan Schoop that you want to cut down and you want to make the walks-to-strikeouts a little bit better. Guys like that," Coolbaugh said. "Maybe there are some of the guys at the bottom of the order who may have higher strikeouts and you want to be able to turn the order over a little bit more by putting the ball in play and getting on base. Those are some of the things I'll be looking at."
"My weight is lower than last year. I want to have more range and be faster. Trying to steal some more bases and be faster for the team on the bases to help put more pressure on the defense." Schoop said. "I learned a lot from my teammates. They helped me a lot. One year of experience. I'm better than last year. Mentally and physically, everything. My ups and downs helped me a lot to know myself better too."
Schoop, who hit .209 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI in 2014, is also taking more advice from his teammates about his approach at the plate.
"Be patient. Don't chase too many pitches. Let them throw strikes and swing at strikes. Just have to work on getting better pitches to hit. See how they pitch you. If I can do that, I'll be better," he said. "I worked on everything (this winter). I want to get faster. You have to work on all of it, speed, defense. I want to be a better player than last year."
Schoop scored the team's first run of the game with his third-inning solo home run. After the Orioles collected two more home runs in the fourth, the second baseman delivered a two-run double in the seventh inning. Schoop has hit .221/.255/.374 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 393 at-bats.
Schoop connected for his 12th home run when he had a solo home run off Kyle Crockett in the ninth inning. In fact, half of Schoop's home runs have come since the start of the second half.
Although Schoop is hitting just .214 in the second half, he has a .500 slugging percentage in 22 games. Though, he is batting .313 in his last 10 games.
With the Orioles down by a run in the eighth inning, Schoop stepped to the plate with the bases empty. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Schoop took an 85 mph knuckle curve out to left to tie the game. Schoop finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI.
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