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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Top pick Rutschman not awed in 1st Orioles’ big league camp

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A year ago, Adley Rutschman was a student at Oregon State, and now he’s in his first major league camp.

Nothing overwhelming about that, he says.

Rutschman was the top pick in last June’s draft and signed with the Baltimore Orioles for an $8.1 million bonus. He’s played just 37 minor league games, and yet the 22-year-old switch-hitting catcher is fitting in fine at spring training among 67 other players who all have more experience.

Rutschman is in camp to learn from major league players and coaches — and to show a dwindling fan base there may be some hope for a team that’s averaged over 110 losses the last two seasons.

Someone to follow for the coming year- interesting to see how far he advances, given the presence of contrasting dynamics.

 

QLE Posted: February 23, 2020 at 12:55 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: adley rutschman, orioles, prospects

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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: February 23, 2020 at 02:39 AM (#5926053)
Well, it is the Orioles' camp.
   2. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: February 23, 2020 at 02:41 PM (#5926096)
Yeah, that was my thought too: His reaction was probably, "Hey, these guys suck."
   3. Walt Davis Posted: February 23, 2020 at 03:00 PM (#5926098)
As a friend of mine said after we had attended our first regional academic conference: "If lunkheads like these can get jobs then I know I can."
   4. Ron J Posted: February 23, 2020 at 04:46 PM (#5926107)
#2 I was thinking about making that joke, but even bad major leaguers are miles better than the competition he's faced to date.

Yeah, he still rates pretty high on any realistic depth chart.

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