ADLEY Stan RUTSCHMAN
Nickname:   N/A Position:   C
Home: N/A Team:   ORIOLES
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   S
Weight: 220 Throws:   R
DOB: 2/6/1998 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Portland, OR
Draft: Orioles #1 - 2019 - Out of Oregon State Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2019 SAL DELMARVA   12 39 5 6 1 0 2 8 0 0 6 9 .261 .333 .154
2019 NYP ABERDEEN   20 77 11 25 7 1 1 15 0 0 12 16 .413 .481 .325
2019 GCL GCL-Orioles   5 14 3 2 0 0 1 3 1 0 2 2 .250 .357 .143
2021 TAE NORFOLK   43 157 25 49 9 2 5 20 2 2 24 33 .405 .490 .333
2021 DAN BOWIE   80 295 61 80 16 0 18 55 1 2 55 57 .392 .508 .271
2021 TAE NORFOLK     156 25 49 9 2 5 20 2 2 24 33 .405 .490 .312
Today's Game Notes
  • June 11, 2022:  Slowly but surely, it seemed that Adley Rutschman was starting to awaken from his early-career slumber. Balls were being sprayed across the field with vociferous velocity, just often into defenders' gloves. There had been some time of toiling and self-reflection, but confidence nonetheless, that a breakout was coming.

    And then it came and went, and Rutschman left little to doubt
    . The Orioles' rookie phenom compiled a list of feats in the 6-4 come-from-behind win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, giving the club and fanbase alike a number of signs that he may be turning things around after many similar balls have fallen for naught:
    • The first three-hit game of his career
    • The first multi-extra-base hit game of his career
    • Four hard-hit balls (95-plus mph exit velocity)
    • Three of the six hardest-hit balls in K
    .C. on Saturday
    • A 110 mph single that stands as the hardest-hit ball of his career

  • “Baseball is one of those games that you're going to hit balls right at people and then you're going to have balls that are hit hard that fall for hits,” Rutschman said. “You just got to continue to roll with the punches.

    It was the first scoresheet-stuffing performance of Rutschman’s career, as he paced the Orioles’ offense and crossed the plate twice -- one on a heads-up play in the eighth inning -- though he still is searching for his first RBI and homer
    . When those come, they will simply solidify the optimism that a breakout is beginning for the No. 1 overall prospect in the Majors.

    “It was just a matter of time,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde
    . “And I'm sure it's a big relief for him to have a good game like he had today.” “He's had a slow start, but no doubt in my mind he's going to get back to what we all know he can do,” added third baseman Tyler Nevin, whose three-run homer in the sixth was the game-deciding swing. “Tonight is basically what I've seen every single time I play with him.

    That kind of confidence is exactly what has lifted Rutschman through this early-career bind
    . Internally, though belief never wavered, there was the requirement of self-reflection. Struggle has seemingly escaped Rutschman across his baseball career, a quality of consistent excellence and production that made him the no-doubt first overall pick exactly three years and a week ago.
    But three weeks in, and he has been required to look inward -- about his plate approach, his routine, the Majors and himself
    .

    “Just kind of, 'What am I doing?’” Rutschman would ask himself
    . “‘What adjustments do I need to make at the plate? Am I getting sped up on my timing? Is it just kind of being in the big leagues that's speeding me up, or is it something in my swing?’

    “Those are tough questions to answer,” he added
    . “You just continue to try and learn as you go.” (Z Silver - MLB.com - June 11, 2022)

Personal
  • Adley is the son of Carol and Randy Rutschman. He has one sister, Josie. Randy played collegiately at Linfield College in Oregon. Grandfather, Ad, was head football coach at Linfield until 1991.

  • In 2016, Adley graduated from Sherwood High School in Oregon. He lettered in both baseball and football all four years.

    In football, Rutschman was a kicker and linebacker. And was second-team All-State as a kicker. Adley booted a state-record 63-yard field goal as a senior in 2015. He was also a member of the National Honor Society.

  • In 2016, the Mariners chose Rutschman in the 40th round, but Adley chose to honor his commit to Oregon State. He played football in the fall for the Beavers, serving as placekicker on kickoffs, and averaged 59.5 yards per kick. And in 2017, as a freshman, Adley's defense helped Oregon State to the College World Series.

    And he was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2018 CWS. He earned that honor by setting a CWS record with 17 hits, and he drove in 13 runs while hitting .567/.650/.867 to help lead Oregon State to its third national title.

  • In the summer of 2018 with Team USA, he led in each triple slash category, hitting .355/.432/.516 in nine games.

  • Rutschman’s 102 hits and 83 RBI in 2018 both set single-season records for the Beavers, with the hit crown formerly held by All-Star center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Rutschman’s .408 average last year ranks third-best in school history.

  • 2019: Rutschman set a school single-season record by drawing 66 walks, and he has struck out just 36 times.

  • Adley was the best draft prospect since Bryce Harper in 2010. It is, as much as anything, a testament to his focus, determination and competitiveness, traits that those around him have long seen.

    Rutschman grew up playing football and baseball. When he was in fifth grade, he hurt his wrist, which should have sidelined him for a couple weeks. Instead, his father Randy said, he decided he would learn to be a kicker.

    “He just went out and kicked and kicked and kicked,” Randy said.

    As a high school senior, Rutschman kicked a 63-yard field goal, the fifth-longest ever by a high schooler. He also was an all-state linebacker and quickly found success as a kicker for the Beavers before his football career ended before his sophomore year.

    “He’s one of the most determined people I’ve been around in my life,” Randy Rutschman said. “If he decides to be good at something, he does it.”

    It has always been like that for Rutschman. Randy said he never pushed baseball on Adley and wasn’t the reason his son became a catcher. Randy is the son of a coach himself—Ad Rutschman is in the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, won three football national titles at Linfield and a baseball national title, making him the only coach to have won national championships in both sports—and he was cognizant of not wanting to force anything on his son.

    Adley simply liked to play outside—baseball, basketball, tag, anything. Sometimes when he would come home from a game, he would see a group of kids playing something in the neighborhood and demand his father stop and let him out of the car so he could join.

    He has always been competitive, a trait he picked up as much from his mother Carol.

    “Always, whether it’s Scrabble, Ping Pong, or baseball, he’s got my wife’s dislike for losing and my love for winning,” Randy said

    Rutschman said he looks up to Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and Russell Wilson because of how they play the game and how they carry themselves on and off the field. If he even comes close to reaching his lofty potential in pro ball, he figures to make a similar impact on the game and in the city where he plays. Fans have seen it in Corvallis. Soon they’ll see it in the big leagues.  (Teddy Cahill - Baseball America - June, 2019)

  • June 2019: The Orioles chose Rutschman with the #1 pick (#1 overall), out of Oregon State University.

  • June 24, 2019: The Orioles signed Rutschman $8.1 million. It's a new record for Draft bonuses, eclipsing Gerrit Cole's $8 million bonus as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft.

    I’d just like to say how fortunate I am to play at the professional level and for a legacy organization like Baltimore,” Adley said after being selected as number one overall in the MLB Draft. “I’m going to play the best that I can play and work as hard as I can. Everything else will take care of itself. Obviously, this is a huge honor and I’m looking forward to it.” 

    “It’s hard to know where to start with Adley Rutschman. He’s a switch-hitting catcher with power, plus he can hit from both sides with an unbelievable statistical resume,” Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said. “He’s a team leader on and off the field. He’s everything you want and he plays a premium defensive position with athleticism that gives him versatility to play elsewhere, as needed.”

    Rutschman is the sixth catcher in history to go No. 1 overall, and the first since Joe Mauer in 2001. This is the first time Baltimore has chosen a backstop with its first-round pick since taking Matt Wieters out of Georgia Tech in 2007.  Rutschman is also OSU’s first top overall pick, and the first native Oregonian to be selected in that spot since Dave Roberts by the Padres in 1972. 

    Rutschman said he was alerted a minute before Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the pick at MLB Network’s studios in Secaucus, N.J., ending speculation that had built for weeks as the Orioles held their plans close to the vest. “Today’s been crazy -- crazy good,” Rutschman said. “You never know how it’s going to shake out and what the organization is thinking. There was doubt, and I didn’t know what was going to happen.”  (Trezza - mlb.com - 6/3/19)

  • Adley played for the Oregon State football team during his freshman year. Rutschman was a kickoff specialist, averaging 59.5 yards per kick with 20 touchbacks. 

    Rutschman also recorded one tackle that season, when Stanford University’s Christian McCaffrey broke through Oregon’s State’s kick return coverage. McCaffrey was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and is now an All-Pro running back with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.  (Kelly - mlb.com - 6/3/19)

  • Rutschman’s grandfather, Ad, is a coaching legend in the state of Oregon. Ad Rutschman is the only collegiate coach at any level to win multiple national championships in baseball and football, doing so with Linfield College in McMinville, Oregon. Adley’s father, Randy, is also a revered catching coach in the area.  (Kelly - mlb.com - 6/3/19)

  • In 2019, Adley was Baseball America's College Player of the Year.

    Rutschman hit.411/.575/.751 with 17 home runs, 76 walks and 38 strikeouts. He left his mark on the Oregon State record book, setting the career walks record (156), ranks second in RBIs (174) third in runs (151) and is inside the top 10 of nearly every major offensive category.

    Andy is the fourth catcher to win the BA Collge Player of the Year award, joining Florida's Mike Zunino (2012), Florida State's Buster Posey (2008) and Georgia Tech's Jason Varitek (1994).

  • Jan 20, 2020: The Adley Rutschman show is coming to Sarasota, Florida. The Orioles have extended their No. 1 prospect a formal invitation to Major League Spring Training.  Rutschman, the first overall pick in the 2019 Draft, will be among them. Pitchers and catchers must officially report to the club’s Ed Smith Stadium on Feb. 11, with the first official workout scheduled for Feb. 12. Orioles general manager and executive vice president Mike Elias said during the Winter Meetings that Rutschman was likely to make an appearance in big league camp in some capacity.

    “We would love to get him to the Major League side,” Elias said in December. "He’s a catcher, which is always useful, and I think it’s great exposure for him to get the Major League side of Spring Training and learn the whole organization.”

    That’ll be the goal for what should be a brief but productive stay with the big leaguers for Rutschman, who isn’t a realistic candidate to break camp with the club just yet. The idea is to give Rutschman the chance to get his feet wet, acclimate to some of the system’s upper-level pitchers and see some exhibition at-bats against better competition. The Orioles open their spring schedule on Feb. 22 vs. Atlanta at CoolToday Park. Their first home game is set for the following afternoon against Boston.

    The switch-hitting former Golden Spikes Award winner, Rutschman reached Class A Delmarva in his first pro season after signing for an $8.1 million bonus. He hit .254/.351/.423 with four homers in 37 games across three levels, rising from the Gulf Coast League to Class A Short-Season Aberdeen and eventually Delmarva. Rutschman was recently named MLB’s top catching prospect by MLB Pipeline, and he is viewed by some as one of the best prospects of the past decade. Rutschman is expected to begin the 2020 season at Delmarva, with the expectation that he could rise quickly if he performs well. (J Trezza - MLB>com - Jan 21, 2020)

  • Rutschman is the first No. 1 overall pick to earn a consensus top-5 selection in his first year of ranking eligibility since Bryce Harper (MLB: 2, BA: 1, BP: 1) in 2011.

  • 2020 Spring Training Q&A with Adley:

    MLB.com: Did you have a childhood nickname? Adley Rutschman: My childhood nickname was always “Rutsch.” When I was smaller, I was “Little Rutsch,” because my dad was “Rutsch” as well. Some people at school called me “Adds.”

    MLB.com: What is your favorite food? Rutschman: Last meal on Earth? I’m a big BBQ guy. Ribs. Ribs are big. Food comes easy to me. I can eat burgers for days. Burgers and pizza.

    MLB.com: What is the best meal you can cook? Rutschman: I’m a connoisseur of breakfast. If I’m cooking for myself, it’s going to be some sort of scramble, omelet, bacon, hash browns, biscuits and gravy ... with a side of fruit. I’d also toss in French toast and pancakes, if I can eat all of it. We’re going to have to go small portions of each. I just love every part of breakfast.

    MLB.com: What is your favorite color? Rutschman: Sky blue. I enjoy the color. It reminds me of summer days listening to country music.

    MLB.com: What were your favorite sports teams growing up? Rutschman: When I was really young, it was the Yankees, because [fellow Oregon native] Scott Brosius played for them and he was my dad’s good buddy. Then it was the Cardinals for a little bit. As I got older, it was the Mariners because they were the closest local team.

    MLB.com: Who is your favorite musical artist? Rutschman: Current? Eric Church. All-time? Eric Church. He’s the man.

    MLB.com: Who is your favorite non-baseball athlete? Rutschman: Russell Wilson.

    MLB.com: What is your favorite movie? Rutschman: “The Shawshank Redemption” is my favorite all-time movie. I’m a big movie guy.

    MLB.com: What is your favorite social media app? Rutschman: Instagram.

    MLB.com: Who is your celebrity crush? Rutschman: Emily Ratajkowski.

    MLB.com: What is your favorite off-field hobby? Rutschman: Golf.

    MLB.com: What is your go-to vacation spot? Rutschman: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, or Maui.

    MLB.com: Who was your childhood hero? Rutschman: My grandfather, Ad Rutschman.

    MLB.com: Who is your baseball role model? Rutschman: Albert Pujols.

    MLB.com: What is your best baseball memory? Rutschman: Winning the 2018 National Championship during my sophomore year at Oregon State.

    MLB.com: Who is your favorite all-time Oriole? Rutschman: Cal Ripken Jr.

    MLB.com: What is your favorite Minor League city? Rutschman: Burlington, Vermont. I also liked Aberdeen a lot.

    MLB.com: Do you have any superstitions? Rutschman: I’m big on doing what worked the last time. If I get a hit, and I put my right batting glove on first, I have to put my right batting glove on first again. If I’m batting left-handed, I’ll put my right batting glove on first. If I am batting right-handed, I’ll put my left batting glove on first.

  • In a video posted by the Orioles’ player development team, top catching prospect Adley Rutschman interviewed his mom, Carol, for a Mother’s Day feature. Carol revealed that Adley shares the same birthday as Babe Ruth, pointing out that he’s also working toward playing in the same city that the Sultan of Swat was born.

    Adley was quick to ensure Orioles fans that he has no desire to be traded to the Red Sox or Yankees like Ruth was. He does, however, face the tall task of becoming a star at the Major-League level after being born Feb. 6.

    Since Ruth retired, no player with his birthday has gone on to make the Hall of Fame. And only three—Smoky Burgess, Bob Wickman and Richie Zisk—have made multiple All-Star appearances. Oddly enough, the only two active MLB players with the same birthday are also catchers: Zack Collins of the White Sox and the Pirates’ Luke Maile. (May 10, 2020)

  • One day, the idea that Adley stood in the box to face live pitching at Camden Yards will be just a footnote.

    “Right now, being at Camden Yards being able to hit on a big league field, there is definitely adrenaline going on,” Rutschman said. “To stand in the box and face big league arms and take it in for the first time, it’s something you never get back. It reminds me of the first time I stood in at the College World Series, the first time I stood in in a college stadium. You never get that first time back. I hope there will be another first time at every single stadium, whenever that is. But to have that first feeling, it’s unbelievable. It’s so exciting and you never get it back.”

    Arriving at Summer Camp 2020 as part of the Orioles' player pool, Rutschman participated in his first intra-squad action the following night, under the lights at Oriole Park. He’s spent his afternoons largely the same way he did early this spring, catching bullpens, doing cage work and, Baltimore hopes, soaking up as much as he can from the big leaguers in camp. 

    Rutschman said, “I think the opportunity to be in a big league ballpark with big league guys, just like Spring Training, is a tremendous learning opportunity for me. Catching big league guys, seeing what they like to do -- it’s all been beneficial. I am just excited to be here and learn from everybody around me.”  (Trezza - mlb.com - 7/13/2020)

  • After the baseball world shut down, Adley returned to his offseason home in Washington state to endure the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep their Minor League players engaged during the pause, the Orioles' player development department curated yoga sessions, mindfulness meetings, meditation and cooking classes on Zoom, in addition to providing weight-training programs. Rutschman said his favorites were the group cooking sessions, where he learned to make baked salmon and pesto chicken.

    “We were trying to stay on the healthier side,” he said. "The cooking classes were awesome, man. Those were a fun time. There were a lot of people on the calls and seeing what other people can do not in a baseball setting was really funny.” 

    Rutschman also had time to bleach his hair blond. “I’ve definitely gotten lot of comments about it,” he said. And he simulates baseball activity on his own, often sending videos of drills he was working on from Spring Training to Orioles catching coordinator Tim Cossins during the layoff.

    “He looks great,” said manager Brandon Hyde. “Swinging the bat really well. He’s been catching some Major League pitching the last couple of days, and he does it easy. He’s done a nice job of putting a lot of work and time in these past few months. He’s in shape and ready to go, so it’s been fun watching him the last couple of games.”

    Rutschman said, “I am just here [at Summer Camp 2020] to do the best I can and get better every day. Whatever comes from that is meant to be. I’m just happy to be here right now.”  (Trezza - mlb.com - 7/13/2020)

  • Oct 1, 2020: Top position prospect: Adley Rutschman, C (No. 1 on Orioles Top 30)

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one, but Rutschman is really, really good at baseball. In these kinds of stories, an attempt is made to spread the love around, but when a guy is the best player at the alternate training site, he’s the best player. And Rutschman, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, was the best player.

    “He’s been great,” Orioles farm director Matt Blood said. “He’s doing everything he’s being asked of and more. He’s been a great leader. It’s a well-rounded skill set that keeps getting better. It’s an impact skill set in every facet of the game. It was impressive to watch him work, and he got better every single day.”

    Rutschman, baseball's No. 2 overall prospect, didn’t get to show off too many of his tools during his pro debut a summer ago, picking up just 130 at-bats and slashing a combined .254/.351/.423, showing glimpses of what’s to come when he posted a .325/.413/.481 slash line in 20 games at Class A Short Season Aberdeen. As good and as advanced as he is, he works at his craft and is willing to make changes to improve that will help him in what is sure to be a rapid rise to Baltimore. (J Mayo - MLB.com - Oct 1, 2020)

  • Rutschman posted a .325/.413/.481 slash line in 20 games at Class A Short Season Aberdeen in 2019. As good and as advanced as he is, he works at his craft and is willing to make changes to improve that will help him in what is sure to be a rapid rise to Baltimore.

    “He likes to tinker, make incremental improvements,” one Orioles' organization coach said. “He’s very open to finding ways to improve, finding ways to do things even better than how he is currently doing them. That allows him to improve on his already advanced ability.

    "He’s working on very micro things in his swing that allow him to be more efficient and ultimately more consistent with his production. That’s something he did in Bowie. He started out a little slow. Once he made adjustments, he exploded and took off.”

  • In 2020, Adley gained valuable experience in the O's major league spring training before spending the summer dominating the team’s alternate site at Bowie, Md.

  • Rutschman entered his junior year at Oregon State as the best player in his 2019 Draft class. This came after a strong sophomore year that included a College World Series title and CWS Most Outstanding Player Award and an impressive turn with Team USA. He then exceeded expectations as a junior by hitting over .400 with 17 homers en route to winning both the Golden Spikes and Dick Howser Awards. All of that made him an outstanding choice at the top of the Draft, with the Orioles signing him for a record $8.1 million bonus. Despite a bout of mono delaying his pro debut, the talented catcher still managed to reach full-season ball during his pro debut.  (mlb.com - 2021)

  • How does a top MLB prospect stay sane in quarantine?  Holed up in his parents’ Oregon house, Adley did what he could, participating in the Orioles’ virtual mental health seminars and sneaking away to a local field with his father, Randy, to hit during 2020’s shutdown. But like the rest of us, Rutschman spent most of that time at or near home. That meant bonding with the people there, the people who, in many ways, have always been there. For Rutschman, that meant his younger sister, Josie.

    "We spend as much time together as we can at home,” Adley said.  “We definitely play off of each other, and have very similar tastes in comedy. We laugh at a lot of the same stuff, and when we’re together at family functions, it’s a lot of energy and a lot to handle.  We get a little rowdy when we’re together.” 

    Two years his junior, Josie grew up trailing Adley on the travel baseball circuit, learning enough about the game and her brother’s ability to even critique his swing now and again.  But her true passion, she learned in high school, lay in helping others.  Now as her brother gets a long look in his second big league camp with the Orioles, Josie is doing her part to help bring the pandemic to a close, administering COVID-19 vaccines at a primary care clinic in McMinnville, Ore. 

    Thousands of miles apart now on completely opposite ends of the country, both Rutschmans are making an impact, on the field and off.  “She’s always been a very good athlete, but more passionate about school and pursuing her career,” Adley said. “It’s a good dynamic we have and she’s very, very smart in her respective area, very accomplished. I’m super proud of her for that.”

    The Rutschmans still cherish their memories from lockdown, which they believe drew them closer.  Josie taught Adley how to cook.  He taught her how to golf.  They binge watched The Boys on Amazon Prime, Scandal on Hulu, and co-starred in a series of TikTok videos about life in the Rutschman house.  In one, Josie cuts Adley’s hair.  In another, Adley buys his mother, Carol, a car.

    “We do so much together,” Josie said.  “My draft section on TikTok is insane right now.  I wish he would let me post some of those videos because they’re so funny. We’ll spend hours on a video and then he’ll say don’t post it.  I’m like: ‘Are you serious?’”

    More time for creative collaboration is on the horizon.  If not for the pandemic, Adley would’ve begun 2020 at Double-A and likely been knocking on the Major League door right now.  As it happened, he’ll begin 2021 at Double-A, probably pushing his debut to 2022.  That’s also the year Josie is eyeing for physician’s assistant graduate programs.  Two schools she’s planning to apply to? The University of Maryland and Towson University—both a stone’s throw from Baltimore.

    “Wouldn't it be great,” Carol asked, “if she could go to school in Baltimore and watch the Orioles?"  (Trezza - mlb.com - 3/17/2021)

  • June 2021: Adley was chosen to represent the Orioles in the All-Star Futures Game.

  • Fans at Bowie Baysox games can find Orioles catching prospect Adley Rutschman meeting pitchers on their way off the field at the end of each inning rather than immediately heading to the dugout. The catcher developed the habit while growing up and has stuck with it ever since.

    During those brief meetings, Rutschman and the pitcher discuss what the pitcher may have liked or disliked about that inning and what he can do to improve.

    “I think it’s always important to dissect and have some sort of feedback, just to be able to create that relationship and be able to know that I have their back no matter what,” Rutschman said. “That’s kind of what it represents to me, and I just want to be there for them.” (July 7, 2021 - Emma Shuster)

  • Adley’s Triple-A career couldn’t have started much better than it did August 10, 2021, with his collecting two hits and catching a one-hit shutout in his debut at Norfolk.  Trezza - mlb.com - 8/11/2021)

  • Sept. 26, 2021: Triple-A Norfolk's Rutschman and his Tides’ teammate, Kyle Stowers were named the Orioles’ top minor league players of the season. The MLB named him the Top MLB Prospect. This should shock nobody, as Rutschman stands as MLB's No. 1 prospect and spent the bulk of his season in the Double-A Northeast. But nor should his status reduce the accomplishment. The 23-year-old catcher batted .271/.392./508 with 18 homers over 80 Double-A games, placing third in the league with 55 walks despite limited time there.

  • Oct 13, 2021: Earlier in October, Rutschman returned home to Oregon after the longest season of his life. Seriously . . . Rutschman’s first full year of pro ball ran from February at Major League Spring Training to early October at Triple-A Norfolk. And he played almost every day behind the plate.

    So naturally, Rutschman made sure one of the first things he did was get back on the field, this time with the company of 125 local kids. In partnership with USA Baseball, Rutschman hosted a baseball clinic at Charles B. Walker Stadium for Portland-area youth. The event marked the first in-person clinic from USA Baseball’s homegrown program, which strives to encourage elementary-age baseball and softball participation.

    The camp was free for kids aged 5-12 from the greater Portland area.  "I’ve been wanting to do something back home ever since I got drafted," Rutschman told USA Baseball. "I think the biggest thing when it comes to being a professional baseball player and having the opportunities that we have is the ability to give back. I’ve always been looking for that opportunity."

    The homegrown program allowed for that, and for me to interact with the community of Portland and Oregon in general. It’s something I’ve dreamed of. It means a lot to me, just seeing all of the people that came out, all of the organizations that came out to help. I think that has had a bigger impact than we realize now, and this can continue to build and grow.”  Sporting the Team USA jersey he wore for the collegiate national team in 2018, Rutschman led participants through numerous baseball stations, held a Q&A session, and signed autographs for every attendee at camp.

    Rutschman grew up 20 miles southeast of Portland in Sherwood, Ore
    ., and starred for Oregon State from 2017-2019. The Orioles drafted him first overall out of Corvallis in 2019; two years later, he’s rated the game’s top overall prospect by MLB Pipeline and expected to debut by early '22. 

    Rutschman also comes from a long line of decorated baseball instructors: his grandfather Ad won a national championship at Linfield University, and Rutschman's father Randy, is considered one of the nation’s premier amateur catching coaches. All of that made the clinic a natural fit for Adley, who has often spoken about the importance of giving back during his Minor League career.

    "There is a sense of satisfaction that comes with giving back and that is definitely a benefit, and it is a reason you do it,” Rutschman said. “But, I think you reshape your mind in order to think that this is having a bigger impact than just you giving back. It’s really about the kids' experience and giving them something they can remember and build off of, and just trying to make sure they have a good time. Even that hour or two hours that you give, hopefully, goes further than just today." (J Trezza - MLb.com - Oct 13, 2021)

  • 2021 Season: Rutschman is a rare plus offensive and defensive catcher. Widely regarded as the number one prospect in all of baseball by many national publications, Rutschman ended the year in AAA where he put up a .395 wOBA and 142 wRC+. A good hitter from both sides of the plate, he was a better hitter from the right side of the plate where he slashed .350/.439/.621/1.060 vs his .256/.377/.449/.825 mark as a left-handed hitter.

    His lefthanded swing has more upper cut to it and can get long at times. He can get beat at times up and in on his hands, but he seemed to have closed that hole and shortened the swing a bit as the season went on. He’s an extremely smart hitter who can make adjustments within and at bat who gets in deep counts often with his plus awareness of the strike zone.

    Defensively, he’s already a plus receiver who is able to get many fringe pitches called strikes for his pitchers. He throws well and learned to take care of his arm a bit throughout the season. He threw out 28% of base-stealers, but that should improve in the Major Leagues where pitchers are better at holding runners. He’s not afraid to throw behind runners accurately and fields his position well.

    He blocks well behind the plate and is his pitchers biggest cheer leader, running out to them after each inning. If there is one area where he can improve it’s setting a still target. He tends to put up a late target that moves a bit as the pitcher is in his motion. Interestingly, he played a very good 1st base when he was rested behind the plate. He showed good hands and was able to make the double play throw to second base accurately.

    He’s an extremely hard worker who’s work ethic rubs off on all his teammates. He’s a great teammate and will a be positive influence in any clubhouse.  (Tony Pente - October 24, 2021)

  • In 2022, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Adley as the Orioles #1 prospect in 2022.

  • Feb 17, 2022: O's best prospect drafted out of college - Adley Rutschman, C (No. 1, MLB No. 1)

    All Rutschman did before becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2019 Draft was win the Golden Spikes Award (among a host of other honors) as the top player in college baseball in 2019 and get named as the College World Series Most Outstanding Player in 2018 in leading Oregon State to a title.

    He finished his Beavers career with a .353/.473/.559 line, walking nearly 40 times more than he struck out. (Mayo, Callis, Dykstra - MLB.com - Feb 17, 2022)

  • Since 2004, no catcher has hit at least .280 with 30 home runs in a season. Jorge Posada was the last to do it when he hit .281 with 30 home runs in 2003. The only other catcher to do it this millennium was Mike Piazza, who did it three years in a row from 2000-02.

    If all goes according to plan, Adley will be the one to end that drought.

    “You don’t have guys who can play the position like he can,” one National League pro scouting director said. “Controls the zone, has impact potential with the bat, has a chance to be a well above-average catcher. It’s just so rare.”

    “He can be the best catcher in baseball and one of the best players in baseball,” one longtime American League pro scouting director said. “.280 with 30 bombs is perfectly reasonable. That type of production. He’s a well-rounded offensive player, he’s going to get on base, he’s going to hit for power, he’s going to make contact. He’s a very, very good offensive player at the hardest position in baseball.”

    “He reminds me of a young Buster Posey a lot in the way that he carries himself,” one opposing scout said. “Very quiet, very respectful, tremendous leadership that shows on the field. Plays hard. I like the way he calls the game, I like how he takes charge behind the dish … He’s going to be a franchise player.” (Kyle Glaser - Baseball America - March, 2022)

  • MLB debut (May 21, 2022):  Called up before the 6-1 loss to the Rays at Camden Yards almost three years after he was drafted, Rutschman—baseball's No. 1 prospect—invited standing applause for nearly every facet: His announcement in the starting lineup, his first time announced as a batter (and each of the ensuing three times on the night), his first putout behind the plate, and even, yes, his first strikeout.

    But none was larger than on his first hit, a triple in the seventh inning.

    “I'm still running on nerves right now,” Rutschman said afterward. “Just from the second that I walked out onto the field to warm up the pitcher, ‘til the time I walked into the tunnel, an emotional overload. I can't really explain the feeling, because it's just unlike anything else I've ever experienced.” (Z Silver - MLB.com - May 22, 2022)

Batting
  • Rutschman's bat is behind his exceptionally-skilled defense. But, this switch-hitter has way-above-average 70 grade raw power and an extremely disciplined approach from both sides of the plate that is geared for hard contact. He has plus-plus 70 grade power and a plus-plus (70 grade) hit tool.

    Bringing an advanced feel for the game on both sides of the ball with him from college, Rutschman has only matured more in learning what it takes to get through a long professional season. He’s learned to manage his energy at the plate and showed the ability to make adjustments from both sides of the plate against high-level pitching in the Minors. He has easily raw power from both sides of the plate and thanks to an advanced approach that saw him walk in 14.5 percent of his plate appearances and strike out in just 16.6 percent of them, he gives himself every opportunity to do damage. (Spring 2022)

  • Adley rarely swings and misses. His uncanny understanding of the strike zone means his already-modest strikeout numbers could fall as he advances to the majors and higher quality umpires. In 2021, he and the Orioles identified an issue with his load and landed on a change that allows him to let the ball travel deeper. In doing so, he was able to drive the ball more consistently by staying on plane with the pitch, all without sacrificing power or contact to do so

    His line drive rate was 17.2% at Bowie, but with the changes taking hold, that rate jumped to 26.6% the last two months at Triple-A. The adjustment helps Rutschman better tap into his potentially elite power while elevating his average when he’s staying in the ballpark. (Jon Meoli - BA Prospect Handbook - Spring, 2022)

  • During his time with the Orioles in Bowie, Maryland, in 2020, Rutschman had the chance to sharpen what was already a pretty full suite of plus tools. The switch-hitter has an incredibly advanced approach, walking more than he struck out in college. He can drive the ball from both sides of the plate, with a ton of over-the-fence pop, while never selling out for power and showing the ability to make rapid adjustments against a higher level of competition last summer, 2020. (Spring 2021)

  • Adley is a patient hitter. And he has an excellent two-strike approach.

    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.

    Adley ended the summer of 2020 as the best performer at the O's alternate camp in Bowie, Maryland. 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 broke down his swing and made some key mechanical changes. He changed his load and his stance, especially the position of his hands to enable his bat to stay in the zone longer.

    “My philosophy, hitting-wise, is that a hitter needs to be as on time as much as possible,” Adley said. “If you’re not in a balanced position on time, it’s very hard to hit. I was trying to find a way to get into a good position on time. There are so many different loads, setups, that finding what works for me was crucial . . . I was working on that load and then the bat path.”

    He improved his posture at the plate, repositioning his back leg to give him a better base. He also worked on his pre-pitch movement and timing to get into that balanced position he believes is a key.

    Rutschman is a switch-hitter who works hard to maintain his swings from both sides of the plate and continues to improve it. The scouting report used to say that you wanted to turn him around from his natural lefthanded swing and make him hit righthanded. That wasn’t true, beginning in 2019.

    Part of Rutschman’s plate discipline is a sheer force of will, a determination to not expand his strike zone and wait for a pitcher to come to him. But he also attributes it to the tracking drills he does when he spends a round of batting practice taking pitches so he can track their flight out of the pitcher’s hand.

    “Some guys have better eyes than others, but it’s something you can work on,” he said. “The beautiful part of baseball is you can improve on everything.” (Teddy Cahill - Baseball America - June, 2019)

  • July 20, 2019: One game in, Adley Rutschman's pro career is already off and rolling. And in a big way.

    Nearly seven weeks after the Orioles made him their second No. 1 overall pick in franchise history, Rutschman homered while making his professional debut for one of the club's Gulf Coast League affiliates.

    "It was a really cool feeling," Rutschman told MiLB.com. "Just to get that first one out of the way was huge."

    Batting fifth and starting at designated hitter, Rutschman grounded out to short in his first at-bat, then homered two at-bats later before finishing the day 1-for-4. The GCL Orioles lost the game, 6-4, to the GCL Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.

    But that was hardly the takeaway after footage of Rutschman's third at-bat circulated on Twitter, quickly making its way to Baltimore.

    "Congratulations on No. 1," manager Brandon Hyde said. "Hopefully it's one of many ... not in the Gulf Coast League."

    Rutschman, 21, won't be there long. The Orioles are targeting for Rutschman's debut with Class A Short-Season Aberdeen, where he'll join fellow top picks Kyle Stowers and Zach Wastson after catching a few games in the Gulf Coast League.

    "I was more excited more than anything," Rutschman told Milb.com. "I couldn't keep still, because I knew I was going to play.  I was just bouncing all around the room. But I was excited, just excited to get going again. It's been awhile." (J Trezza - MLB.com - July 20, 2019)

  • A switch-hitting backstop, Rutschman has plus tools nearly across the board. At the plate, he has tremendous plate discipline that allowed him to walk more than he struck out in college and showed up during his pro debut. He drives the ball from both sides of the plate to all fields, with a ton of hard contact. His doubles started turning into home runs in his junior year and there's plus power to come at the highest level.   (mlb.com - 2021)

  • June 1, 2021:  C: Adley Rutschman, Bowie Baysox (Double-A) (Orioles No. 1/MLB No. 2)

    .500/.600/1.000, 5 G, 14 AB, 4 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 2 SO

    Rutschman parlayed a monster doubleheader performance (five hits, homers in each game, seven RBIs) into becoming the third player to earn multiple PTOW honors this year, joining Pratto and Mariners outfielder Taylor Trammell. He is batting .293/.465/.573 with six homers in 22 games, leading the Double-A Northeast in runs (20) and walks (22) while ranking second in on-base percentage (.465) and RBIs (20).

Fielding
  • Adley is outstanding defensively at catcher. He has impressive leadership ability and is a pitcher's dream in terms of his advanced framing and above-average pop times on throws to second base from his 70 grade arm. 

    His defense continued to improve, starting with a very strong foundation, and he threw out 27.8 percent of potential basestealers while showing plus receiving skills and continuing to get very high marks for his rapport with his pitchers. As much as his plus tools stand out, his humility and work ethic get even higher marks, giving him every chance to become the superstar people expect to see. That thud Baltimore is hearing is Rutschman banging on the big league door. (Spring 2022)

  • “He’s phenomenal,” Bowie teammate Grayson Rodriguez said in 2021. “When we have our postgame reports of all the pitches we made, and you see the pitches and where they’re at, it’s crazy to see how many balls he stole for strikes. The way he calls the game, and stuff like that, it’s elite.”

    Adley made strides calling games and built on his strength of developing relationships with pitchers, who raved about working with him. He’s already an advanced receiver and his strong arm helped him cut down 27% of base-stealers. While his skill set is major league ready, coaches and teammates appreciate how tirelessly Rutschman works to improve and shows genuine efforts for helping them do the same. (Baseball America Prospect Handbook - Spring 2022)

  • Rutschman's already-plus defense also got better in his first full year of pro ball as he acclimated well to working with high-level pitching talent. He knows how to call a game, works very well with pitchers and has soft hands and excellent agility behind the dish. He couples that with a very strong arm, which should help to control the running game and is already exhibiting the kind of leadership teams covet from a big league backstop, something he should be in the very near future. (Spring 2021)

  • Rutschman got a ton of votes in a ton of categories during his time in the Double-A East League in 2021, with the Bowie BaySox. His victories included Best Batting Prospect and Best Power Prospect, as well as Best Defensive Catcher, as voted on by managers in the Double-A East League in Baseball America's Best Tools survey in the Sept. 2021 issue.
  • Rutschman does it all in an elite manner behind the plate. He has excellent receiving skills and blocks balls well. He provides 60 grade defense and a 70 grade arm.

  • Rutschman has a strong and accurate arm, so he can almost eliminate the other team's running game.

  • Adley calls a great game. Pitchers love working with him because he knows how to handle them.

  • Rutschman has a great catcher’s frame, and his athleticism helps him block pitches well. 

  • Rutschman grew up catching, but it wasn’t until he was a high school senior that he truly enjoyed the position. Now he relishes the strategy of catching and has put in the work to refine his game.

    He has improved as a blocker and receiver but has also made a jump at the finer points of catching, learning how to make in-game adjustments against opposing hitters and studying swings.

  • Adley is just as advanced and refined behind the plate as he is at it. Pitchers love throwing to him, he already shows acumen for calling a game and he has excellent hands. He moves extremely well behind the plate and has a strong arm, his fourth plus tool. Rutschman has an incredibly high ceiling and it shouldn't take him all that long to get to Baltimore to fulfill that potential. He's perhaps the best all-around catching prospect since Joe Mauer was the No. 1 pick back in 2001 and has the same All-Star potential.  (mlb.com - 2021)

  • 2021 Best Defensive Prospect - Orioles: Adley Rutschman, C (No. 1/MLB No. 2)

    The top player on the newly minted Top 10 catchers list, Rutschman came into pro ball as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Draft with plus catch-and-throw skills. His time with advanced pitchers in alternate camp in 2020 helped him improve even more, with his soft hands, agility and plus arm all looking nearly Major League ready.

  • Adley has drawn rave reviews from across the Orioles organization for his defensive skills and his ability to work with pitchers.

    “I think the biggest thing with pitchers is just knowing the guys and developing that relationship, and knowing how they want to attack guys, what their strengths, weaknesses are,” Rutschman said.  “After each inning, it's a new conversation, new things to be addressed. We're just talking a lot, and those conversations help everyone continue to progress.”  (Trezza - mlb.com - 8/11/2021)

  • Feb 22, 2022: Best defensive prospect - C: Adley Rutschman, Orioles (No. 1/MLB No. 1)

    Rutschman's all-around offensive brilliance was the major reason why he went No. 1 overall in the 2019 Draft out of Oregon State, but his defense at a premium position also contributed. He's an advanced receiver with plus arm strength, and he also excels in intangible areas such as game-calling and leadership. (Callis - MLB.com - Feb 22, 2022)

  • 2022 Orioles best Defensive Prospect - Adley Rutschman, C (No. 1, MLB No. 1)

    The organization’s top prospect will soon be the face of the franchise and for good reason, given his skills on both sides of the ball. His plus arm helps control the running game and his receiving and blocking skills continue to improve, which should earn him plenty of 70 grades for his defense, with Orioles pitchers loving being able to throw to him. (Mayo, Callis, Dykstra - MLB.com - Feb 24, 2022)

Running
  • Adley is catcher slow—a 40 grade.
Career Injury Report
  • 2018: Rutschman experienced right shoulder soreness early in the season at Oregon State.

  • March 15: 2022: Rutschmann came out of the intra-squad game experiencing soreness in his elbow. When the issue persisted after multiple days of rest, tests determined he had suffered a strained right triceps.

    April 4, 2022: Rutschman will not be ready in time for Opening Day, though he has resumed light hitting and throwing activities. It's his first time doing so since being shut down at the outset of big league camp with the right triceps strain. Action is still limited to hitting off a tee and light throwing, but a resumption of baseball activities is his biggest step forward to date.