The Orioles announced that they have selected the contract of top prospect Adley Rutschman. Anthony Bemboom has been designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
The announcement comes within a few short hours of a report made by Zachary Silver at MLB.com which states, “The Orioles are in no rush to promote Rutschman.”
This is a day that baseball fans in Charm City and elsewhere have been anticipating for quite some time. We can go back to his college days at Oregon State, where Rutschman tantalized the baseball world with moments like being intentionally walked with the bases loaded. Rutschman’s legend rose on the draft boards and considered by many to be the top player available in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The Orioles set their sites on signing the phenom.
Baseball America gave Rutschman the #1 slot that year, and in their report noting that the switch-hitting catcher had “every skill necessary” to succeed going forward.
Hitting for average and power, frequent walks, an incredibly strong arm, excellent receiving and blocking, he had all the tools to succeed in baseball. “He is the best catching prospect since Buster Posey in 2008 and Matt Wieters in 2007,” their report concludes.
According to O’s broadcaster Melanie Newman, Rutschman will wear No. 35.
Veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos will undoubtedly play a huge role in getting Rutschman acclimated to the big leagues.
Go O’s! The Rutschman Era has just begun.