|After Just 5 Games In Gulf Coast Rookie League, Baseball's Top Draft Pick Is Moving Up to Aberdeen, a mere 34 miles from Camden Yards in Baltimore|
By Harry Cummins
Major League Baseball's top draft pick this year, Adley Rutschman, is slated to make his first game appearance in the state of Maryland Saturday night (July 27), his second stop already on what should be a rapid rise to the Baltimore Orioles.
After playing just 5 games with the Rookie League Gulf Coast in Bradenton, Florida, the former Oregon State Beaver is moving up to the Class A short-season Aberdeen IronBirds and hopefully will be in the lineup when the IronBirds play Hudson Valley at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen tomorrow night. Ripken Stadium is just 34 miles from the Orioles home at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Rutschman's pro debut got a late start as the 2019 college player of the year battled with mononucleosis following his selection as the No 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft in June. In five games with Gulf Coast, Rutschman had a home run, two RBI's and a stolen base. He caught two games and was the DH for the other three games.
If Rutschman plays well at Aberdeen, he could be promoted again this season to Low-A Delmarva, which has already qualified for the South Atlantic League playoffs.
Rutschman is considered to be the most advanced catching prospect to enter the draft in over a decade and the Camden Yards faithful will be watching every step of the journey with great anticipation.