Adley Rutschman Baltimore Orioles

Age: 24 (February 06, 1998) | 6' 2" | 220lbs. | Bats: Both Minors: c-82 1b-28 dh-14 ph-1
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
BAL AA 2021 80 295 61 80 55 57 16 0 18 55 1 1 .271 .392 .508 15 16 .279 n/a
BAL AAA 2021 43 157 25 49 24 33 9 2 5 20 2 2 .312 .405 .490 13 18 .364 n/a
BAL AL 2022 32 118 15 26 9 24 11 1 3 9 1 0 .220 .287 .407 7 19 .253 34/27/39 1 2
Career 1yr 32 118 15 26 9 24 11 1 3 9 1 0 .220 .287 .407 7 19 .253 n/a
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Game over a minute ago in Camden Yards if they were using last year's baseball.

Alex Patton Alex
May 22

Looked ready. Struck out on changeups his first time up. The next time he recognized them and took a walk. Had a triple - gifted the third base on a solid double down the line that was bobbled in the corner. Still fast for a catcher, maybe even close to average speed. Looked really solid behind the plate.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
May 22

Making his debut at Camden Yards today. I would expect Grayson Rodriguez to follow next week against the Mariners.  Something to look forward to over the next six years.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
May 21

Has only ten hits in 43 AB at Norfolk,but three of them have gone out of the park. Has walked seven times, fanned six.

Alex Patton Alex
May 20

I think he's coming up soon. The O's will give a day's notice so that fans can buy tickets to his debut FWIW. The Yankees will be in town the 16-19 followed by the Rays. I could see either series as a debut. Grayson Rodriguez could be with him.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
May 13

Those of us that have numerous shares in Mixed Leagues aren't jumping for joy either. 

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Mar 16

What you just heard was the collective scream of the half-dozen Orioles fans still left.

Will miss the next 3 weeks with a upper arm strain.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Mar 16

All NRIs are not created equal.

Invited to major-league camp
March 13, 2022
Rutschman will serve as a non-roster invitee for the Orioles during spring training in 2022, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
Rutschman's invitation to big-league camp doesn't come as a surprise after he had a strong showing across 33 games at Triple-A Norfolk in 2021. During his time in Norfolk, Baltimore's top prospect slashed .312/.405/.490 with five homers, 25 runs, 20 RBI and two stolen bases. The 24-year-old will be a strong contender for the Orioles' starting job behind the dish on Opening Day, but it's also possible that the team sends him back to Triple-A to begin the year in an attempt to manipulate his service time.
Alex Patton Alex
Mar 13

The Athletic's Dan Connolly responding to The Athletic's Keith Law assessment of the Orioles' prospects:

C Adley Rutschman
Law’s 2022 Rank: No. 1
Law’s 2021 Rank: No. 6

Connolly’s take: The question isn’t whether Rutschman is among baseball’s best prospects. It’s whether he could hold off the guy he was drafted a spot ahead of in 2019, Bobby Witt Jr. of the Kansas City Royals organization, for the top honor. Like Baseball America, Law ultimately said yes, but he added that it was his toughest call for No. 1 in the past decade. At 21, Witt made it to Triple A last year. He had a .933 OPS in 62 games and also plays a premium position: shortstop.

What gave Rutschman, who turns 24 this month, the edge is that his combination of advanced offensive skills (a combined .899 OPS at Double A and Triple A) and impressive defensive acumen is rare for a catcher. Few all-around-excellent types have worn shinguards in the majors. Plus, as Matt Blood, the Orioles’ director of player development, said recently about Rutschman: “He is a great teammate, leader and example. And when your best player or top prospect is your hardest worker and your best leader, that’s really helpful. And that’s what he is.”

Law easily could have gone with Witt, so that demonstrates just how special Rutschman could be.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 3

Keith Law's top 100 prospects were unveiled yesterday.

Careful, Keith. (Last sentence.)

1. Adley Rutschman, C, Baltimore Orioles

Age: 24 (as of 7/1/2022) | 6-foot-2 | 220 pounds
Bats: Both | Throws: Right
Drafted: No. 1 in 2019

Previous ranking: No. 7

Rutschman answered every possible question he could have answered in a superlative 2021 season, one that, in a world that wasn’t addled by service time considerations, would have ended with him in the major leagues. He hit .271/.392/.508 in Double A, more than earned a promotion to Triple A, and hit better there (.312/.405/.490), walking nearly as often as he struck out on the season. That performance would probably make him a top-20 prospect even as a right fielder, but that he did so as a strong defensive catcher in every aspect of the game is what makes him the No. 1 overall prospect.

Rutschman is an outstanding receiver and game-caller, with a plus arm and a long history of showing advanced feel for the less concrete aspects of the catcher’s job. His grandfather, Ad Rutschman, was a longtime coach at NAIA Linfield College and the only person to win national championships as a coach in both baseball and football; his father, Randy, also has extensive coaching experience, particularly working with catchers.

Adley shows exceptional selectivity at the plate, rarely chasing, with a strikeout rate that put him in the top 15 percent of all Double-A and Triple-A hitters last year. His right-handed swing could get long in college, but in a small sample last year, he had better results hitting right-handed than left-handed. The only thing I see that could hold him back is the wear and tear of the position. A switch-hitting catcher with power, plate discipline and excellent defense across the board? Orioles fans should march on Camden Yards if he’s not the Opening Day starter.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 1