BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles referred to as prime prospect Adley Rutschman as much as the majors Saturday, paving the best way for the 24-year-old catcher to make his massive league debut.
“I’d say about as excited as I can be right now,” Rutschman stated. “This is probably the coolest thing, coolest moment, that I’ve had so far. I’m really excited for it.”
The switch-hitting Rutschman was the No. 1 choose within the 2019 draft and is ranked as baseball’s No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline. The Orioles chosen his contract from Triple-A Norfolk and designated catcher Anthony Bemboom for project.
Rutschman is ready to put on No. 35, the identical quantity Hall of Famer Mike Mussina wore when he pitched for the Orioles.
He will bat sixth in opposition to Tampa Bay, and there’s now the potential for a bigger-than-usual crowd. However, the Preakness can also be in Baltimore on Saturday.
Rutschman reached Triple-A final 12 months however had a triceps harm earlier than this season. He’s hit .309 with a .942 OPS in 19 video games throughout three ranges of the minors in 2022.
“From the moment you’re drafted, from when you’re in high school, wherever it is, I think you always are looking forward to the opportunity and hoping it happens,” Rutschman stated. “Just the fact it’s here now, it’s crazy. Just trying to take it in.”