Orioles to promote Adley Rutschman

The Orioles announced they had selected the top prospect contract Adley Rutschman. Anthony Bemboom has been designated for an assignment in a corresponding movement.

Of course, it’s a day that baseball fans in Baltimore and beyond have been looking forward to for some time. Even before he was a member of the Orioles organization, Rutschman was enthralling the baseball world with his performance at Oregon State, shooting the draft boards and considered by many to be the best player available in the 2019 draft. America, for example, gave him the top spot that year, with their report noting that the switch-hitting catcher basically had all the skills needed to succeed in the future. Hitting for average, hitting for power, taking steps, strong arm, good reception and counter, he had all the tools except speed, which is hardly surprising for a receiver. β€œHe is the best catch prospect since Buster Posey in 2008 and Matt Wieters in 2007,” their report concludes.

Although there were reports that the O’s were considering other players with the first overall selection of the 2019 draft, such as Bobby Witt Jr., Andrew Vaughn and JJ Bleday, it never seemed like it there was a good chance someone was impersonating Rutschman. When the big day finally arrived, Rutschman was indeed the first player to leave the board.

Due to the big league club’s struggles, Rutschman instantly became the light at the end of the tunnel for Baltimore fans. The Orioles finished last in the AL East in 2017 and 2018, and were repeating that feat when Rutschman was drafted in 2019. They somehow overtook the Red Sox and took fourth place in the shortened 2020 season. , but were back in the basement in 2021, and also posted baseball’s worst record again (tied with the Diamondbacks). That means they once again have the first overall draft selection this summer. With nothing inspiring happening at the big league level, all hopes were pinned on the stars of the farm system who would make up the Orioles’ next big team, with Rutschman front and center.

Baseball America ranked Rutschman as the fifth-best prospect in all of baseball in 2021, then propelled him to second last year and first this year. He is also considered baseball’s hottest prospect by FanGraphs, ESPN’s Kiley McDaniels and The Athletic’s Keith Law.

It was an atypical rise in the minors for the 24-year-old. It started off pretty normal, with Rutschman playing 37 games at the Orioles’ bottom tier of the system in the months after the draft. But the pandemic wiped out the minor leagues in 2020, meaning he couldn’t play in any official organized games. But this missed season hasn’t slowed him down, as his 2021 has proven the hype to be real. In 123 games between Double-A and Triple-A, he hit 23 homers and produced a .285/.397/.502 overall batting line, walking at a 14.5% rate and hitting just 16.6% of the time . All of this adds up to a wRC+ of 144, which is 44% better than the league average.

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