After three seasons on the Oregon State Baseball team, junior catcher Adley Rutschman was taken by the Baltimore Orioles for the first pick of the 2019 MLB Draft on Monday evening.
Rutschman, a native of Sherwood, Oregon, ends his Oregon State career hitting .352/.473/.559 across 644 at-bats. In his final season as a Beaver, he hit 17 home runs and drove in 58 RBIs - with his home run tally putting him tied for fourth most in the Pac-12 conference.
Originally a 40th round selection by the Seattle Mariners in 2016, Rutschman chose to attend Oregon State instead of going pro. Once known for his defensive prowess behind the plate, Rutschman’s revamped swing contributed to his Pac-12-leading .411 batting average this season.
“First off, I’d just like to say how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to play at the professional level and be a part of the legacy of Orioles Nation,” Rutschman said. “I feel very fortunate, I’d like to thank my family and friends, the people that shaped me into who I am today. I’m very excited to get started with my career.”
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