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When it Comes to Adley Rutschman, Elias and Co. Got it Right

June 03, 2019 - 10:17 pm

By Joe Schiller

Mike Elias and the Orioles front office kept it a secret who they'd take with the No. 1 overall pick.

There were rumblings heading into the draft that Elias and Co. could pass on Rutschman and target a cheaper option with the first pick, so they could splash more cash on players with the 42nd and 71st pick.

But they didn't. 

The Orioles took the best play available and they got it right with Rutschman. Now they've found the face of their franchise. 

Rutschman has all the tools to lead the rebuild moving forward. Some fans and pundits may argue that Rutschman may not have the same impact as Bobby Witt Jr. because a catcher may only play around 120 regular-season games while a shortstop could play 162. 

It doesn't matter in this case. Rutschman was far and away the top player available and the right pick for the Orioles. And while Rutschman may not suit up every game, when he does, he has an impact on every pitch. 

That's significant.

Pair that with Rutschman's defensive leadership and his bat and you've got a prospect to build around. 

It's way too early to make assumptions about whether this was the right pick or not (it was). Orioles fans need to trust in Elias, who went through the same trials and tribulations with the Houston Astros only a few years ago. 

Look how that turned out.