In 2019. Major League Baseball began honoring its best individual players in a new way, with the All MLB teams. Players are selected in a manner similar to the all-star voting, where the fan vote accounts for 50% and expert panelists make up the other 50%. No Baltimore Oriole had ever been selected to either the first or second teams in the voting, while seven Orioles had previously been nominated.
After winning 101 games in 2023, the second most wins of any team, three Orioles players finally broke through. One was named to the second team while the other two made the first team which recognizes them as the best player at their position in all of baseball.
Three Orioles players selected to All-MLB teams on Saturday
Kyle Bradish, SP second team
The first Oriole honored was Kyle Bradish. After getting injured in his first start of the season, Bradish returned and had a breakout campaign that saw him become a top of the rotation arm. He finished the season fourth in ERA (2.83), tied for third in WHIP (1.04) and seventh in BAA (.215) in all of baseball. He finished fourth in Cy Young voting and was named a finalist for the Player's Choice AL Outstanding Pitcher.
Adley Rutschman, C first team
Adley Rutschman became the first Oriole selected to the All MLB first team, beating out Jonah Heim who finished just ahead of Rustchman in the all-star voting. Rutschman is the recognized team leader of the O’s who have one of the brightest futures in baseball.
Rutschman was first or tied for first among catchers in hits (163), OBP (.374) and WAR (4.3), and was second or tied for second in batting average (.277), doubles (31), and OPS (.809). In only his second season, Adley has established himself as arguably the best catcher in baseball.
Felix Bautista, RP first team
The man, the myth, the Mountain had one of the most dominant seasons as a closer in recent memory. There was even talk of Felix Bautista in many Cy Young conversations until an elbow injury ended his season early.
Bautista finished the season with 33 saves, a 1.48 ERA and a whopping 16.2 K/9. His high-octane fastball mixed with a splitter that falls off the table had hitters baffled all season. He was rewarded with his first all-star appearance and was named the Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year.
This Orioles team was a joy to watch all season long. Many faces will remain the same, with a few new additions as the O’s attempt to defend their AL East crown while having World Series aspirations. Let’s go O’s.