Future Watch: Adley Rutschman Rookie Baseball Cards, Orioles – Adley Rutschman was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.
Between 2017-19, he played for Oregon State. He won so many awards, but he did hit .408 with 22 doubles and nine home runs and 83 RBI in 67 games in 2018. That was every game and his team won the College World Series and he was the MVP. He started in all 57 games in 2019 with a .411 batting average with 17 home runs, 58 RBI and a record-setting 76 walks.
He started in rookie league playing for the GCL Orioles and he got in five games before moving on.
He then moved on to the Aberdeen IronBirds in Short A. He played 20 games there. In 77 at-bats he had seven doubles, one homer, 15 RBI and a .325 batting average with 12 walks.
Collectors can find his first officially licensed MLB cards in 2019 Bowman Draft, arriving in December. As a member of Team USA Baseball, you can also find his cards in Panini’s Stars & Stripes USA Baseball.
According to his MLB.com Prospect Profile:
The switch-hitting backstop is the complete package at and behind the plate. He has an advanced approach at the plate, walking more than he struck out at Oregon State, with the ability to make consistent, hard contact and drive the ball from both sides of the plate. More of a gap-to-gap doubles hitter early in his college career, his over-the-fence power started to show up more during his junior season and should continue to emerge in the pro ranks. Rutschman is also outstanding behind the plate, with excellent hands, agility and a very strong throwing arm, and he’s even a better runner than some give him credit for. ETA 2021
Here’s a look at him:
He finished out the year in A-Ball with the Delmarva Shorebirds. In 12 games he had 39 at-bats smacking two home runs, driving in eight and he hit .154. He did walk six times. It’s a small sample size but he’ll probably start the year there and move up the ladder next year. He’s a can’t miss major league catching prospect.
Follow him on Twitter @RutschmanAdley.
Future Watch: Adley Rutschman Rookie Baseball Cards, Orioles – Stats
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|Minors (1 season)||Minors||37||155||130||19||33||8||1||4||26||1||0||20||27||.254||.351||.423||.774||55||2||1||0||3||1|
|NCAA (3 seasons)||NCAA||185||821||644||151||227||39||5||28||174||6||4||156||117||.352||.473||.559||1.032||360||18||4||3||14|
|All Levels (3 Seasons)||242||1054||841||176||271||48||6||32||204||8||4||186||165||.322||.441||.508||.949||427||20||6||3||17||1|
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