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Baltimore Orioles hit by worst season

After his first All-Star appearance in 2017, Schoop has slumped to a .244 batting average this year while still providing 17 homers and 40 RBIs in 85 games, playing all but three of his innings at second base.


Reuters 31 Jul 2018, 09:46 PM United States

The Baltimore Orioles, baseball's worst team this season, continued their trade deadline activity by trading infielder Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers for infielder Jonathan Villar and minor leaguers Luis Ortiz and Jean Carmona, the Orioles announced Tuesday.

Schoop, 26, has been an Orioles mainstay over the past six seasons. He originally debuted with Baltimore in 2013 and became a regular in 2014, hitting .261 with 106 home runs and 312 RBIs since.

After his first All-Star appearance in 2017, Schoop has slumped to a .244 batting average this year while still providing 17 homers and 40 RBIs in 85 games, playing all but three of his innings at second base.

Villar, 27, has played all of this season at second. After a career year in 2016 (.285, 19 homers, 63 RBIs, NL-high 62 steals), Villar has not posted the same production in Milwaukee. This season he is hitting .261 with six homers, 22 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.

Villar has been on the disabled list since July 15 with a right thumb injury, but he just finished a rehab assignment and will be joining the Orioles.

Ortiz was assigned to Double-A Bowie and Carmona to Class-A Aberdeen.

The 22-year-old Ortiz is 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 16 outings (11 starts) for Double-A Biloxi this season. The right-handed pitcher owns a 3.20 ERA in 82 career minor league games (70 starts) and pitched in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game.

Carmona, 18, batted .239 with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 39 games for rookie-level Helena this season. He has played mostly at shortstop in 2018 while also seeing action at the second and third base.

The Orioles, who entered Tuesday with baseball's worst record at 32-74, also traded away right-handed starter Kevin Gausman and righty reliever Darren O'Day on Tuesday before the trade deadline. This month Baltimore shipped out All-Star shortstop Manny Machado (to the Dodgers), southpaw closer Zach Britton (Yankees) and right-handed reliever Brad Brach (Braves).

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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