Orioles Select Adley Rutschman First Overall

Adley Rutschman on TV.

After much unnecessary hand-wringing, the Orioles did what everyone expected them to do all along, drafting Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB first-year player draft.

The Birds kept their cards close to the vest, as even moments before the pick was made, experts on Twitter had no idea if Mike Elias & Co. would throw a last-second curveball.

An aside: I much preferred this to say, the NFL Draft situation, where the top overall pick is now known hours, if not days, in advance. Nice to have some suspense in a draft again.

Back to Rutschman: the consensus top overall player in this year’s draft, Adley was walked with the bases loaded last weekend in the College World Series.

As a junior, he hit .411/.575/.751 with 17 HR, 10 2B, and 1 3B, and walked twice as many times as he struck out (76-38). His defense is unquestioned, as he’s considered an above average pitch framer with a very strong arm and solid pitch-blocking skills.

Adley immediately becomes the face of the Baltimore Orioles franchise. No pressure, kid. Welcome to Birdland.

The Orioles have two more picks on Day 1 of the draft.

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RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone...more

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