Baltimore Orioles: Adley Rutschman Has Monster Night At The Plate
By Nick Stevens
Baltimore Orioles prospect Adley Rutschman had a tremendous night at the plate for the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
It may be safe to say Adley Rutschman is settling into the groove of being a professional baseball player. The highly-touted Baltimore Orioles prospect and top pick of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft made a bit of noise on Monday night as the Aberdeen Ironbirds took on the Vermont Lake Monsters, the short-season affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.
Leading the way in a 6-2 victory over Vermont, Aberdeen catcher Adley Rutschman went 5-5 at the plate, including his first home run as a member of the Ironbirds. It’s just the first of many home runs in the state of Maryland Baltimore Orioles fans hope to witness.
Rutschman singled in the bottom of the first and the bottom of the third before sending a 2-0 pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning deep over the right field wall.
Rutschman followed up his first home run as an Aberdeen Ironbird with a single in the 7th inning and bases-loaded triple in the 8th. The switch-hitting catcher tried to turn his triple into an inside-the-park home run, but was caught at home plate, as seen in the highlight below.
His triple capped off a perfect night at the plate and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Over the course of his 10-game hitting stretch, Rutschman is hitting .462 with 18 hits, one home run, 14 runs driven in, eight runs scored, and six walks.
Now 20 games into his season with the Aberdeen Ironbirds, Rutschman is slashing .325/.413/.481 with nine extra-base hits, 15 RBIs, and 12 walks. He has also caught five of seven potential base stealers in just nine games behind the plate since his promotion from the Gulf Coast League.
While a 5-5 day at the plate is exciting enough, what Rutschman did after the game was even more noteworthy.
Not only did the Baltimore Orioles draft a generational talent, they seemed to have drafted an amazing human being. Keep being you, Adley. See you at Camden Yards real soon.