Two of MLB.com’s Top 100 prospects will be on the move Friday to join the Orioles Triple-A affiliate, Norfolk, in Nashville as the Tides faceoff against the Sounds. Adley Rutschman (No.2) and D.L. Hall (No.88) will join another Top 100 prospect in Grayson Rodriguez (No.6).
This news comes just hours after Rutschman and Hall were the battery for the Bowie Baysox in a 6-1 defeat to the Harrisburg Senators. Hall pitched three and two thirds worth giving up two earned runs and striking out six. Adley went 2-4 with a walk and bumped his Double-A average up to .417.
Rutschman already went .312/.405/.490 in over just under plate appearances with Triple-A Norfolk last season. If it weren’t for a tricep strain, Orioles fans would most likely already be seeing him on the Orioles roster. Hall has seen his injuries too, making this a slower transition for him, but everyone around Camden Yards has been yearning for this move for a long time.
Rutschman and Hall are one step closer to breaking in with the Orioles
This move sparks more interest than it might normally take for more than a few reasons. One, the Baltimore Orioles need new life, and they need it now. Two, it seems that all everyone (including non-Orioles fans) has been talking about lately has been the call-ups of Hall and Rutschman. Three, they both happen to play positions that the Orioles deeply need to fill.
Believe it or not, but Hall is only 23-years-old and Rutschman, only 24. At this rate and progress, the O’s could have this battery, along with Rodriguez for a long, long time. It’s important to note that O’s fans may not always have the same love for prospects; they haven’t always panned out.
However, something feels fresh and different about the prospect of Adley Rutschman and D.L. Hall coming up through the ranks. Even on an off day, both of these players can physically and mentally show just how ready they are. We aren’t too far off anymore Birdland! It’s time to start getting excited about the prospect of all three of these players in Baltimore very, very soon!