Rookie Adley Rutshman has apparently cemented his status as a Baltimore Orioles legend already.
In 2019, the Baltimore Orioles used their first-overall selection on Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman. Nearly three years later, Rutschman’s work in the minor leagues gave the Orioles confidence in calling him up to the majors. So far, he has been everything the team and fanbase could have hoped for.
Outside of Camden Yards, MASN’s Tim Leonard pointed out that apparently someone is pointing out where to put Rutschman’s retired number monument outside of the ballpark. It is complete with the No. 35 written on the brick with an arrow pointing to the desired spot.
Adley Rutschman already seen as Orioles legend
Prior to his arrival to Baltimore, Rutschman recorded a .304 batting average, a .924 OPS, three home runs, and 10 RBI in 20 games in the minor leagues. Ever since receiving his call up, Rutschman has showed why he was such a highly-touted prospect and Baltimore’s future face of the franchise. Not only that, but he is a contender for the AL Rookie of the Year.
Entering Baltimore’s Aug. 26 game against the Houston Astros, Rutschman recorded a .256 batting average, a .364 on-base percentage, a .447 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 25 RBI, and 68 hits through 76 games.
The Orioles have been surging since all 30 teams returned from the All-Star break. As of Aug. 26 (prior to game time against the Astros), the Orioles are above .500 and just 2.5 games behind the Seattle Mariners for the final Wild Card spot in the AL East.
Rutschman has impressed those in Baltimore in just a short amount of time. No doubt that Orioles fans are excited about the future for Rutschman and the Orioles.