- The Baltimore Orioles selected catcher Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.
- Many considered Rutschman a can’t miss prospect and he received a record signing bonus.
- On Thursday, Rutschman hit his first career Major League home run and Orioles fans were already dreaming over the future.
There hasn’t been a ton to cheer about lately for fans of the Baltimore Orioles. The organization hasn’t made the Major League Baseball playoffs since 2016 and the current team is 27-37, already 20 games back of the New York Yankees in the AL East.
One bright spot, however, comes in the form of catching prospect Adley Rutschman.
Baltimore selected Rutschman with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Oregon State University. He was the consensus top prospect in the draft and has tore it up in the minor leagues. Rutschman hit .285 with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs last year, splitting time between AA and AAA ball.
He entered the 2022 season ranked as the top overall prospect in baseball by a number of sites. Following a short stint in the minors, the Orioles called up Rutschman on May 21.
The uber-prospect has struggled early on, hitting below the Mendoza line in his first 20 games. But on Wednesday night, Baltimore fans got a glimpse of the future.
Home run number 1 for number 35! 💣 pic.twitter.com/k4OR59QQPB
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) June 16, 2022
Rutschman absolutely crushed his first Major League home run, a 411-foot bomb against Toronto’s Jose Berrios. Baltimore went on lose the game 7-6, but Orioles fans didn’t seem to care.
Baltimore Fans Go Nuts Over Adley Rutschman Home Run
Rutschman is the prince that was promised for Orioles fans. The organization has MLB’s lowest payroll, so the draft is its only really path to superstars. The young catching phenom is expect to be just that, and fans are all in against after his first dinger.
Clutchman Rutschman hits HR #1. In his last 7 games he has a .304 batting average. I think he's starting to get the hang of this. https://t.co/bDnX9fwGnz
— Matt Bagley (@BagleySports) June 16, 2022
Orioles fans are pinning all their hopes on the young stud.
crying in the club
— Rachel (@rachaparker) June 16, 2022
ADLEY HOME RUN ADLEY HOME RUN ADLEY HOME RUN ADLEY HOME RUN ADLEY HOME RUN pic.twitter.com/tY23ExxcNr
— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) June 16, 2022
Something tells me this won’t be the last Rutschman bomb we see in the coming years.