Orioles Midseason Report





Best Player: Jonathan Schoop has come a long way in a short amount of time, and at an early age. Schoop, 19, was promoted to high Class A Frederick after batting .316/.376/.514 with 12 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 34 RBIs in 212 at-bats at low Class A Delmarva. You'll find people in the organization who believe Schoop (pronounced "scope"), who signed out of Curacao in 2008, played just as well, if not better, than top prospect Manny Machado. They were both chosen for the Futures Game in Phoenix.

Schoop moved from shortstop to third base to make room for Machado, who was hitting .260/.288/.338 with eight RBIs in 77 at-bats at Frederick.

Biggest Leap Forward: If not for a hamstring injury that forced him on the disabled list, Frederick first baseman Tyler Townsend might not have slowed down during the first three months. Townsend, a third-round pick in the 2009 draft out of Florida International, was batting .310/.341/.559 with 19 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 39 RBIs in 213 at-bats with the Keys. He's lefthanded and he has power. That's an attractive package. Townsend hit three homers at Delmarva and three at Frederick last season. Hamstring injuries with both teams limited him to 49 games.

Biggest Disappointment: First baseman Joe Mahoney was the Orioles' minor league player of the year in 2010 after batting a combined .307/.366/.498 with 30 doubles, two triples, 18 homers and 78 RBIs in 462 at-bats between Frederick and Bowie. He fouled a ball off his foot in spring training this year, and the injury bug hasn't stopped nipping at him. He's gone on the DL twice with quadriceps injuries that limited him to 96 at-bats at Bowie through July 5. He began to heat up at the plate, raising his numbers to .292/.378/.531 with eight doubles, five homers and 17 RBIs. There's still plenty of time to salvage the season, but so much more was expected of him at this stage of the summer.

Bird Seed

• The Orioles reached an agreement with East Carolina righthander Mike Wright, their third-round pick, on a $363,300 bonus. Negotiations figure to go down to the wire with fourth-overall pick Dylan Bundy, a righthander from Owasso (Okla.) High.

• Bowie infielder Billy Rowell, the ninth overall pick in the 2006 draft, went back on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. Rowell was batting .227/.304/.244 with no homers and 11 RBIs in 119 at-bats.