Adley Rutschman
23-Year-Old CatcherC
Baltimore Orioles AA
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
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $8.1 million contract with the Orioles in June of 2019.
Won't debut until late in season
CBaltimore Orioles  AA
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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Rutschman was assigned to Double-A, which indicates that he's likely a few months away from making his major-league debut. A top catching prospect, Rutschman is a name for fantasy managers to keep an eye on. The 23-year-old spent all of 2020 at the alternate training site. For now, Chance Sisco and Pedro Severino will handle the Orioles' catching duties.
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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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Joining big-league camp
CBaltimore Orioles  AA
February 12, 2021
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Callup very unlikely
CBaltimore Orioles  AA
July 20, 2020
General manager Mike Elias said Monday that Rutschman could get called up this season but only "if we're heading toward a possible playoff berth," Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Heads to alternate training site
CBaltimore Orioles  AA
July 14, 2020
Rutschman was transferred to the Orioles' alternate training site in Bowie on Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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Sent to minor-league camp
CBaltimore Orioles  AA
March 6, 2020
Rutschman was assigned to minor-league camp by the Orioles on Friday.
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Will join big-league camp
CBaltimore Orioles  AA
January 20, 2020
Rutschman was invited to the Orioles' big-league spring training camp on Monday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
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