Adley Rutschman
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Rutschman at Camden Yards in 2019
Baltimore Orioles – No. 35
Catcher
Born: (1998-02-06) February 6, 1998 (age 24)
Portland, Oregon
Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 21, 2022, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through May 23, 2022)
Batting average.167
Home runs0
Runs batted in0
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Adley Stan Rutschman (born February 6, 1998) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball for the Oregon State Beavers. He was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year in 2019.[1] The Orioles selected Rutschman with the first overall selection in the 2019 MLB draft, and he signed for $8.1 million, at the time the highest MLB draft signing bonus ever.[2]

Amateur career

Rutschman attended Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Oregon, and was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 40th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.[3][4] He did not sign with the Mariners and attended Oregon State University, where he played college baseball for the Beavers.[5]

Rutschman played college football for the Beavers as a placekicker his freshman year.[6] In baseball, his freshman year, he played in 61 games, hitting .234/.322/.306 with two home runs and 33 runs batted in (RBI).[7] After the 2017 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[8] As a sophomore in 2018, he batted .408/.505/.628 with nine home runs and 83 RBIs and helped lead Oregon State to win the 2018 College World Series, their 3rd NCAA Division I Baseball National Championship,.[9][10] Rutschman had 17 hits, a College World Series record, and 13 RBIs in the series, for which he was named College World Series Most Outstanding Player.[11] In 2019, his junior season, he batted .411/.575/.751 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs. That year, Rutschman was named the 2019 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.[12]

Professional career

Rutschman was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the first overall selection in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft.[13] He signed for $8.1 million, the highest signing bonus at the time.[14] He made his professional debut with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, and, after five games, was promoted to the Aberdeen IronBirds.[15][16] After three weeks with the IronBirds, Rutschman was promoted to the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League.[17] Over 37 games between the three clubs, he slashed .254/.351/.423 with four home runs and 26 RBIs.[18]

After the cancelled 2020 minor league season, Rutschman was assigned to the Double-A Bowie Baysox to start the 2021 season.[19] In June 2021, Rutschman was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game.[20] On August 9, 2021, Rutschman was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk Tides, after slashing a .271/.392/.508, with 18 home runs and 55 RBIs in 80 games with Bowie. He batted a .312/.405/.490 with 5 home runs and 20 RBIs in 43 games with Norfolk.

Rutschman competed for a spot on the Orioles 2022 Opening Day roster, but he missed the start of the season due to a strained triceps muscle.[21] He began a rehabilitation assignment with Aberdeen on April 26.[22] On May 21, 2022, Rutschman was promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[23] During his first game, that same day, he got the start playing catcher and batting 6th in the lineup. His first major league at-bat resulted in a strikeout, but two at-bats later, he got his first hit, which resulted in a triple.[24]

Personal life

His grandfather, Ad Rutschman, was a football and baseball coach at Linfield College and is a member of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame.[25]

References

  1. ^ "Pac-12 announces 2019 baseball postseason honors". Pac-12.com. Pac-12 Conference. May 29, 2019. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Orioles sign C Rutschman to record $8.1 million bonus". Reuters. June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  3. ^ Vance, Miles (June 23, 2016). "Sherwood's Adley Rutschman finishes on top". Portland Tribune.
  4. ^ "MLB Draft 2016: Sherwood's Adley Rutschman selected in 40th round by Seattle Mariners". The Oregonian. June 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "OSU's Trevor Larnach rolls with his role, at DH or RF". The Oregonian. June 24, 2017.
  6. ^ Moran, Danny (May 13, 2017). "Adley Rutschman developing into two-way force". The Oregonian.
  7. ^ Monge, Mitch. "The ultimate utility player". Orange Media Network.
  8. ^ "#34 Adley Rutschman - Profile". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Eggers, Kerry. "Rutschman outstanding in his field". Pamplin Media.
  10. ^ Krupke, Nick. "OSU catcher ready for College World Series with talent, family legacy". KPTV.
  11. ^ "Oregon State's Adley Rutschman wins 2018 College World Series Most Outstanding Player". NCAA. June 28, 2018. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  12. ^ "OSU Catcher Adley Rutschman wins Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year award". NBC Sports. May 30, 2019. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  13. ^ Shapiro, Michael (June 3, 2019). "Adley Rutschman selected by Orioles with MLB draft top pick". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  14. ^ Anderson, R.J. (June 24, 2019). "Orioles sign top 2019 MLB Draft pick Adley Rutschman to record-breaking $8.1 million bonus". CBSSports.com. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  15. ^ Trezza, Joe (July 26, 2019). "Adley Rutschman nearing promotion". MLB.com. Retrieved February 2, 2020.
  16. ^ Ruiz, Nathan (July 26, 2019). "Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman to make Aberdeen debut Saturday". The Baltimore Sun.
  17. ^ "Rutschman earns promotion to Delmarva". MLB.com. August 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "Adley Rutschman in the top 5 headlines four Orioles in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects | RSN". NBC Sports. January 25, 2020. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  19. ^ "Baysox Break Camp Roster Announced". MiLB.com. April 30, 2021. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  20. ^ "2021 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. June 30, 2021. Retrieved July 11, 2021.
  21. ^ Kostka, Andy (April 24, 2022). "Top Orioles prospect Adley Rutschman heading to High-A Aberdeen for rehab assignment, along with DL Hall, Rico Garcia". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  22. ^ "Rutschman returns to action, doubles in 2022 debut". MLB.com. April 26, 2022. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  23. ^ Ruiz, Nathan (May 21, 2022). "Road to the Show: Top prospect Adley Rutschman joins Orioles for long-awaited debut. Here's how he got here". The Baltimore Sun. Archived from the original on May 21, 2022. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  24. ^ "Rays 6, Orioles 1 (Final Score) on MLB Gameday". MLB.com. May 21, 2022. Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  25. ^ Ulmer, Jerry (September 17, 2014). "Sherwood football has weapon in foot of Adley Rutschman, grandson of legendary Linfield coach". The Oregonian.