Adley Rutschman - Road to the Show
June 3, 2019 – 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft
Adley Rutschman became the second No. 1 overall pick in Orioles history on June 3, 2019. Rutschman was the consensus top prospect leading up to the 2019 First-Year Player Draft after a standout career at Oregon State University, which included a 2018 College World Series Championship, Gold Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy, and Buster Posey Award.
June 25, 2019 – Signing first professional contract, workout with team, and introduction to Orioles Fans
Rutschman signed his professional contract on June 25, 2019. During his trip to Baltimore, he worked out with the team, met fans, and experienced Oriole Park for the first time.
July 27, 2019 – First professional game – Aberdeen IronBirds
Rutschman made his professional debut with the Aberdeen IronBirds as a designated hitter on July 27, 2019. He made his first start at catcher on July 28, 2019, going 2-for-4 at the plate.
February 2020 – First Major League Spring Training
Rutschman got his first taste of the big leagues during Spring Training in 2020. He appeared in seven games for the O’s, going 1-for-9 with a run scored and a walk.
July 2020 – No Minor League Season – Alternate Training Site
Rutschman spent the 2020 season training at the Alternate Site at Double-A Bowie as a result of the cancellation of the Minor League season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 – Brooks Robinson Co-Minor League Player of the Year
Rutschman was named the Orioles 2021 Brooks Robinson Co-Minor League Player of the Year after slashing .285/.397/.502 (129-for-452) with 23 home runs, 25 doubles, and 75 RBI in 123 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Rutschman began the year with Double-A Bowie before earning a promotion to Triple-A Norfolk on August 10. In 43 games with the Tides, Rutschman hit .312/.405/.490 (49-for-157) with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 25 runs scored, 20 RBI, and 24 walks.
March 2022 – Major League Spring Training
Rutschman earned his third non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training.
April 29, 2022 – Rehab Assignment at High-A Aberdeen
Rutschman made his 2022 debut on April 29, 2022, on a rehab assignment with the Aberdeen IronBirds. He went 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored, and a walk.
May 3, 2022 – Double-A Bowie
Rutschman continued his progression with Double-A Bowie on May 3. In three games with the Baysox he slashed .417/.500/.583 (5-for-12) with two doubles and two RBI before being promoted to Triple-A Norfolk on May 6.
2022 – Triple-A Norfolk
Rutschman made his 2022 Triple-A debut on May 6, playing first base. He went 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored and a walk. He recorded a hit in eight of his first 12 games with Norfolk, including home runs in back-to-back games on 5/17-18.