Milwaukee Brewers: Does Jonathan Schoop deserve a chance?
The Milwaukee Brewers acquired Jonathan Schoop to boost their offense. However, He’s off to a slow start to his tenure in Milwaukee. How long should the Brewers stick with him?
The Milwaukee Brewers need to exercise patience with their latest acquisition. A player of Jonathan Schoop‘s caliber will surely break out. He is showing some positive signs of late. But why have the fans shown such hostility towards the newest Brewer?
How has Schoop done as a Brewer?
Looking at Schoop’s production so far there isn’t anything that really jumps off the page in terms of a good impression. He is slashing .063/.063/.063 and has tallied two hits in only 16 at-bats with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Going from worst to almost first
Schoop has only known one organization his entire career, the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles play in the AL East and were 41 games back of first place with the worst record in all of baseball before the trade.
Schoop is not only is learning a new league and a new set of pitchers, but he is also jumping right into a pennant race in the NL Central.
Schoop broke out in 2017 when he belted 32 home runs and drove in 105 runs. He slashed an impressive .293/.338/.503. Of course, that Schoop has yet to show up in 2018. The current version is not the player the Milwaukee Brewers were looking for when they dealt for him.
What Milwaukee wanted was a boost to their middle infield and at the bottom of the order. The boost that Orlando Arcia hasn’t provided this year.
Arcia is still the future up the middle for the Milwaukee Brewers and there has been no reason to say otherwise. However, in 2018 , he has not been able to get it done at the plate. The Milwaukee Brewers needs that bat to give them that boost. Arcia’s slash line of .199/.236/.251 has not gotten the job done. He is clearly in need of more seasoning. Maybe his transition to the bench will get him going in 2019.
Currently, Schoop is having the better overall season as he owns a .236/.264/.430 slash line for 2018. He also has 17 home runs to go along with 40 RBIs. If given a fair chance Schoop will surely become a force in this already stacked Milwaukee Brewers lineup. All he needs is a little time to adjust.