Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles

Age: 23 (February 06, 1998) | 6' 2" | 216lbs. | Bats: Switch
BAL R 2019 5 14 3 2 2 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 .143 .250 .357 13 13 .091 n/a
BAL A- 2019 20 77 11 25 12 16 7 1 1 15 0 0 .325 .413 .481 13 17 .387 n/a
BAL A 2019 12 39 5 6 6 9 1 0 2 8 0 0 .154 .261 .333 13 20 .138 n/a
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It certainly sounds like it wasn't a wasted summer for Rutschman. The report card from Baseball America:

  1. 1. Adley Rutschman
    Hit: 70. Power: 70. Run: 40. Fielding: 60. Arm: 70

    Scouting Report: The switch-hitting Rutschman rebuilt his swing in college to gear for more power and consistency. He continues to find ways to refine and make his swing more efficient as he learns the professional game. He went through an adjustment period at the Bowie camp after the coronavirus shutdown period halted most of his work, but he quickly revealed the all-fields power and consistent hard contact that give him potential to be a plus-plus hitter with plus-plus power at his peak. He ended the summer as the best performer at the camp. His offensive production is aided by advanced plate discipline. Rutschman is clear in which pitches he’s able to drive and which he should lay off. He’ll likely see increased benefit from that when pitchers are around the strike zone more and umpires improve at the higher levels of the minors. Rutschman’s above-average pop times and advanced receiving skills behind the plate give him the physical tools to be a plus major league catcher. His work at the Bowie camp helped him gain experience calling pitches to an advanced pitcher’s plan and gave him invaluable insight into how pitchers and fellow catchers with major league experience see the game. All those tools are enhanced by a reputation as a fantastic teammate and tireless worker who elevates both himself and everyone around him with his approach to the game.

Alex Patton Alex
Nov 10 '20

From Baseball America:

The Orioles included 55 players in their instructional league, which began Oct. 5 in Sarasota, Fla. The roster was highlighted by 15 of the team’s Top 30 Prospects. Among the group who made the cut was catcher Adley Rutschman (No. 1), righthander Grayson Rodriguez (No. 2) and lefthander DL Hall (No. 3).

Baltimore also included five of its six draftees from the 2020 draft—shortstops Jordan Westburg and Anthony Servideo, outfielder Hudson Haskin, third baseman Coby Mayo and righthander Carter Baumler.

The majority of the players on the roster did not spend time at the alternate site, excluding Rutschman, Hall, Rodriguez and shortstops Gunnar Henderson and Terrin Vavra—all of whom were late additions at the site.

The only surprising omission was outfielder Heston Kjerstad, the No. 2 selection in the June draft. Orioles general manager Mike Elias told the Baltimore Sun Kjerstad is absent because of an "undisclosed medical, non-sports related reason."

Alex Patton Alex
Oct 15 '20

Fom Baseball America:

The start of the Major League Baseball season is just under two weeks away, which means summer camp is in full swing. That means there is plenty of time for prospects to compete in intrasquad and exhibition games. Each day during the week we will be providing a roundup from summer camp that includes highlights, debuts of 2020 draftees and more.

Baltimore Orioles

—The Orioles added a quintet of players to their 60-man player pool Friday, headlined by 2019 No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman. Rustchman, the No. 5 prospect in baseball, was previously the lone Top 10 prospect in the Top 100 not to be in a player pool. Rutschman Saturday quickly made an impact in the team’s intrasquad game, drawing a walk against righthander Hunter Harvey, moving from first to third on a single and later scoring on a Rio Ruiz three-run home run.

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—The Orioles also added to the player pool lefthander Keegan Akin (No. 9) and righthanders Michael Baumann (No. 10)—the Orioles’ co-minor league pitcher of the year in 2019—and Isaac Mattson.

Alex Patton Alex
Jul 13 '20

Peter Gammons at The Athletic:

“This is not a game where you can read an exit velocity and pitch velocity and declare someone a major leaguer,” says one American League GM. “Young players have to play. Position players need reps and defensive and baserunning situations and reps. Pitchers need innings, and in many cases, trials in different roles followed by the learning process of repeating success. That doesn’t happen on laptops.”

Adley Rutschman was the overall No. 1 pick by the Orioles in the 2019 draft. (Cliff Welch / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Look back at last June’s draft. Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman, Kansas City shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., White Sox first baseman Andrew Vaughn, Marlins outfielder JJ Bleday and Tigers outfielder Riley Greene may all be stars someday, but the 2020 season is extremely important to their development. Witt and Greene need their first full professional season. Rutschman, Vaughn and Bleday need a full year to see how close they can climb to the big leagues. “A lot of general managers talk with one another all the time about ways to try to replicate the minor-league experience,” says another National League GM. With clearance or testing similar to what MLB is now experimenting with, those under age 20 could potentially be sent to the Dominican Summer League, and perhaps by late June they could begin the Florida and Arizona rookie extended spring, Gulf Coast and Arizona Rookie leagues.

Alex Patton Alex
Apr 18 '20