2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Jonathan Schoop
Greg Jewett takes an in-depth look at new Minnesota Twins second baseman Jonathan Schoop to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
Usually a player entering his Age-27 season comes with more acclaim. Especially one only a year removed from hitting 32 home runs with 105 RBI, but Jonathan Schoop unraveled in 2018. His BABIP collapsed to .261, his first season with a rate below three hundred of his career pulling his career rate to .296 as a result. Schoop’s gains in walk percentage and swinging strikes generated also ebbed back towards his levels from 2016. He lost hard hit production, became more aggressive in an effort to overcompensate then had to adjust to the National League after a trade.
Before trying to discern how to value Schoop for 2019, it will be essential to establish where he lies in his development. He’s not going to be a hitter with strong discipline metrics as evidenced by his 4.1 walk percentage and 21.6 strikeout rate over the last three years. But, he owns a palatable .267/.304/.461 slash line which plays better for standard leagues than on-base ones in this time frame. Schoop’s also hit...