The Baltimore Orioles have announced that they are calling up top prospect Adley Rutschman to the big leagues. The move marks one of the most anticipated MLB debuts in recent memory.
The Orioles officially announce they have promoted Adley Rutschman to the big leagues.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 21, 2022
Rutschman was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Oregon State. He is expected to make his MLB debut on Saturday night when the Orioles host the Rays at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Orioles fans were hoping that Rutschman would make the MLB club out of spring training, but a strained right tricep injury during a minor league intrasquad game in March delayed Rutschman’s start to the season. Once healthy, Rutschman was producing at a high level in the minor leagues this season. He was hitting .309 with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs in 19 games across three different levels of minor league baseball. Last year in 2021, he hit .285 with 23 home runs and 85 RBIs while spending time at both Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk.
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Adley Rutschman Rookie Of The Year Odds
The MLB season may be well into May, and while Rutschman has yet to play in a single MLB game, he still has a shot to win AL Rookie of the Year. In fact, some sportsbooks have him listed ahead of players who have already spent over a month in the big leagues.
Rutschman is +1300 to win AL Rookie of the Year on DraftKings, and +1500 on FanDuel. Both platforms are giving him shorter odds than players like Steven Kwan (+1700), Spencer Torkelson (+1700), and George Kirby (+3500).
Given the Orioles’ struggles over the last few seasons, Rutschman’s arrival could be seen as the light at the end of the tunnel. And after finishing with the worst record in all of baseball last season (tied with the Diamondbacks), the O’s have the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft as well.
No matter who they select this summer, Rutschman is expected to be the main piece of Baltimore’s rebuild.
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