Adley Rutschman
23-Year-Old CatcherC
Baltimore Orioles AAA
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The best catching prospect in recent memory, Rutschman may have debuted in 2020 if the Orioles were headed for a playoff berth, per GM Mike Elias. That didn't happen, but all signs point to Rutschman debuting sometime in his age-23 season. A switch hitter with at least 60-grade all-fields power and excellent strike zone awareness, Rutschman could hit .300 with 30 home runs annually while providing plus defense behind the plate and being one of the better team leaders in baseball. In dynasty leagues, Rutschman is already a top-two catcher, and the preferred option over J.T. Realmuto for any rebuilding team. The worse the replacement level catchers are in a fantasy league, the more value he has. An assignment to Double-A would signal that he is months away, while an assignment to Triple-A would signal he is weeks away from getting the call. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $8.1 million contract with the Orioles in June of 2019.
On doorstep of majors
CBaltimore Orioles  AAA
September 21, 2021
Rutschman hit .314/.411/.525 with four homers, 16 RBI, 19 runs and 19:24 BB:K across 33 games for Triple-A Norfolk after being promoted in August.
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The minor-league season is now over, and it was a strong one for the 2019 draft's No. 1 pick. His composite line for the season: .283/.398/.513 with 22 homers and a 74:81 BBB:K. At this point, there's no doubt that Rutschman is ready for the majors, with his power and plate discipline putting him in strong position to make an instant impact. The only question is whether he'll break camp with the O's next year or get held back for some more Triple-A action in an attempt to manipulate his service time -- although that may become a moot point depending on what happens in baseball's ongoing collective-bargaining negotiations. Either way, there's not much standing in front of Rutschman's ascendance.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Adley Rutschman
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66 days ago
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Not only was Rutschman one of the best college hitters in the 2019 draft class, but he has elite defensive tools behind the dish, making it an easy call for the Orioles to select the Oregon State product first overall. He had very poor luck on balls in play in the Gulf Coast League and Sally League, so take his .254/.351/.423 slash line across three levels with a grain of salt. His 27:20 K:BB in 37 games illustrates the switch hitter's superb control of the strike zone. He uses the whole field and should be able to hit 20-plus home runs annually without selling out for power. Rutschman won't be much of a stolen-base threat, but that's hardly a knock for a catching prospect. Baltimore's competitive window won't open anytime soon, which could delay Rutschman's debut until 2021. He is a better real-life prospect than a fantasy one, but is still the best fantasy catching prospect since Buster Posey.
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Promoted to Triple-A
CBaltimore Orioles  AAA
August 8, 2021
Rutschman was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Seven-RBI day at Double-A
CBaltimore Orioles  AAA
July 22, 2021
Rutschman went 3-for-5 with two homers, a double, a walk and seven RBI in Double-A Bowie's 20-7 win against Hartford on Wednesday.
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Catches fire over weekend
CBaltimore Orioles  AAA
June 7, 2021
Rutschman went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, two walks and two runs Sunday in Double-A Bowie's 13-11 loss to Hartford.
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Won't debut until late in season
CBaltimore Orioles  AAA
April 1, 2021
Rutschman isn't expected to make his major-league debut until late in 2021, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Joining big-league camp
CBaltimore Orioles  AAA
February 12, 2021
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