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Adley Rutschman keeps on winning

Drafted 1st Overall by Orioles in 2019

June 18, 2019 - 9:52 am

By Austin Medina  

For the Orioles rebuild, good news keeps on coming. 

Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman has consistently shown why the O's drafted him first overall in the 2019 MLB Draft. 

Last week, Rutschman won the Golden Spikes Award, which honors the top amatuer baseball player in the nation.

He became just the fourth full-time catcher to win the award, the first since Mike Zunino did in 2012. The awards kept piling on as Rutschman earned the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the national college baseball player of the year. 

Both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy are two of many awards Rutschman has received in his collegiate career. Additionally, Rutschman was the 2019 Pac-12 Player of the Year.

It should have been tough to follow up a national championship season as well as earning the CWS Most Outstanding Player in 2018. Rutschman made it look easy in 2019, batting .411 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, and a Division I-best .575 OBP. Defensively, Rutschman was genius with the Beavers, as he threw out roughly 50% of attempted base runners. 

The Orioles drafted one of the best draft prospects in recent years and there is no telling just how great Rutschman can be in the coming years.