The best prospect in baseball is one step closer to The Show. The Baltimore Orioles they are promoting the receiver ambidextrous Adley Rutschman to its main branch Triple-A Norfolk. The club has not confirmed the play. Rutschman, the first overall draft pick in 2019, was named the new number one prospect following Wander Franco’s graduation from the MLB Pipeline Top 100.
The 23-year-old phenom is hitting .271 / .392 / .508 with 18 home runs and 55 RBIs in 80 games this season with Double-A Bowie. He leads 12-team Northwest Double-A with 61 runs scored and also ranks among the league leaders in several offensive categories, including hits (80, T-5th), home runs (18, T-5th), RBIs ( 3rd), Total Bases (150, 3rd) and OPS (.901, 5th):
Rutschman has shown an ability to produce in big spots for Bowie this season, hitting .360 (9 of 25) with eight runs scored, four home runs and 11 RBIs in the ninth inning or later. He’s also pounced on left-handed pitching this year, posting a .371 / .494 / .757 line against Double-A left-handers prior to his promotion.
The Oregon State product has continued its development behind the plate and on the field as well this season, eliminating 13 of 33 potential base robbers in 53 games, the league’s highest at catcher, while adding a percentage. fielding .994 in 20 starts. at first base.
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The Oregon native is a .266 / .380 / .482 career hitter across three levels and 117 total minor league games since turning pro.