Adley Rutschman
22-Year-Old CatcherC
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Not only was Rutschman one of the best college hitters in the 2019 draft class, but he has elite defensive tools behind the dish, making it an easy call for the Orioles to select the Oregon State product first overall. He had very poor luck on balls in play in the Gulf Coast League and Sally League, so take his .254/.351/.423 slash line across three levels with a grain of salt. His 27:20 K:BB in 37 games illustrates the switch hitter's superb control of the strike zone. He uses the whole field and should be able to hit 20-plus home runs annually without selling out for power. Rutschman won't be much of a stolen-base threat, but that's hardly a knock for a catching prospect. Baltimore's competitive window won't open anytime soon, which could delay Rutschman's debut until 2021. He is a better real-life prospect than a fantasy one, but is still the best fantasy catching prospect since Buster Posey. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Orioles in June of 2019 that includes an $8.1 million signing bonus.
Will join big-league camp
CBaltimore Orioles  A
January 20, 2020
Rutschman was invited to the Orioles' big-league spring training camp on Monday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
The 2019 first-overall pick will spend his first spring as a professional with the Orioles' major-league coaching staff. He's expected to spend several summers with that group as well, though that's unlikely to begin in 2020, as he's yet to reach High-A ball.
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Advances to Low-A
CBaltimore Orioles  A
August 20, 2019
Rutschman was promoted to Low-A Delmarva on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Bumped up to NYPL
CBaltimore Orioles  A
July 27, 2019
Rutschman was promoted to short-season Aberdeen on Saturday, Rich Dubroff of reports.
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Ready for pro debut
CBaltimore Orioles  A
July 20, 2019
Rutschman (illness) will serve as the designated hitter Saturday for the Orioles' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate, Rich Dubroff of reports.
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Pro debut delayed by illness
CBaltimore Orioles  A
July 15, 2019
Rutschman has yet to debut with the Orioles' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate while he continues to recover from a bout of mononucleosis, Dan Connolly of The Athletic reports.
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Lands with O's at No. 1 overall
CBaltimore Orioles  A
June 3, 2019
The Orioles have selected Rutschman with the first overall pick in the 2019 first-year player draft.
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