Former Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, the No. 1 pick of the 2019 MLB draft, has made it to the show.
Baltimore announced Saturday morning they are promoting Rutschman to the major league club. He’ll make his MLB debut tonight when the Orioles play Tampa Bay at Camden Yards.
The 24-year-old Rutschman had been playing for the Orioles’ AAA team in Norfolk, Va.
Rutschman, a Sherwood High graduate, led Oregon State to the 2018 College World Series championship. Rutschman signed shortly after the 2019 draft for a record $8.1 million signing bonus.
Rutschman’s progress to the big leagues was slowed by the pandemic. He played 37 minor league games in 2019 following the draft, but none in 2020 as the pandemic wiped out the season. Rutschman spent 2021 playing for Baltimore’s AA and AAA clubs, and this season, in Norfolk. He’s been rated by some services as baseball’s top prospect.
In 650 minor league at-bats over three years, Rutschman hit .282 with 110 RBI and 20 home runs.
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