Adley Rutschman Biography
Adley Rutschman (Adley Stan Rutschman) is an American college baseball catcher for the Oregon State Beavers. The Baltimore Orioles selected Rutschman with the first overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft. He was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year in 2019.
Adley Rutschman Career
He attended Sherwood High School in Sherwood, Oregon, and was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 40th round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. Rutschman did not sign with the Mariners and attended Oregon State University where he plays college baseball for the Beavers.
He played college football for the Beavers as a placekicker his freshman year. In baseball, Rutschman’s freshman year, he played in 61 games, hitting .234/.322/.306 with two home runs and 33 runs batted in (RBI).
As a sophomore in 2018, Rutschman helped lead Oregon State to win the 2018 College World Series, their 3rd NCAA Division I Baseball National Championship,. he had 17 hits, a College World Series record, and 13 RBI in the series, for which he was named College World Series Most Outstanding Player.
Adley Rutschman MLB draft
In the 2019 MLB draft, Rutschman was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the first overall selection. He is the third Oregon State athlete to be drafted first overall, joining Terry Baker (NFL, 1963) and Danny Mwanga (MLS, 2010).
“It was a rush of emotions, exactly what I expected,” said Rutschman, the 2019 Pac-12 player of the year. “It was unbelievable.”
Adley Rutschman Age
Rutschman was born on February 6, 1998 in Portland, Oregon, United States. He is 21 years old as of 2019.
Adley Rutschman Family
Adley is the son of Randy Rutschman. His grandfather, Ad Rutschman, was a football and baseball coach at Linfield College.
Adley Rutschman News
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde impressed with first overall pick Adley Rutschman: ‘He does it really easy’
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde watched the draft from Texas on Monday night. But he has done enough recon both inside the organization and from his contacts outside Baltimore to have a glowing assessment of catcher Adley Rutschman, the first overall pick out of Oregon State.
“In talking to a lot of scouts and talking to people, watching a lot of video, he does it really easy,” said Hyde, himself a former catcher in college and in the minors. “He’s got unbelievable feet, he’s got a really strong, accurate arm, blocks really well, commands the game well.
“He’s kind of been [Oregon State’s] captain. The makeup everybody talks about is off the charts. He takes control of the field and he switch-hits really, really well from both sides of the plate. We’re fortunate to have him, and we can’t wait to get started with him.”
Rutschman, who is a front runner to win the Golden Spikes Award for the nation’s best collegiate player, followed last year’s star turn for the College World Series winners by batting .411/.575/.751 with 17 home runs and elite plate discipline at the heart of the Beavers’ lineup.
Though the draft came after the weekend in which Oregon State was eliminated from the NCAA tournament, Hyde — speaking from as much a layman’s perspective as the manager of the team with the No. 1 pick could — said he hopes Rutschman and all involved in the pick got to enjoy it.
“Obviously, a huge honor, and we’re excited to have him,” Hyde said. “Congratulations to Mike and all the scouts for the job that they’ve done. It’s really cool. Obviously, it’s an unbelievable thing for him and his family, and I’m looking forward to meeting him sometime soon.”