SARASOTA, Fla. (WJZ) — Adley Rutschman hasn’t performed a single recreation within the massive leagues, however he’s the Baltimore Orioles’ most essential participant.
Rutschman wears quantity 96, a kind of excessive numbers reserved for minor leaguers filling out the spring roster who’re a longshot to make the staff.
Regardless of that, he’s neither of these. He’s right here with excessive expectations to have an all-star profession in his second massive league spring coaching. He’s usually requested when he thinks he’ll be able to play within the majors.
“I’d prefer to suppose I can compete at any degree you place me at,” he mentioned. “… I don’t actually know what my timeline seems like. I’m simply right here to play baseball and get higher every single day.”
As a catcher, Rutschman is a quarterback on the sector, intently speaking with pitchers and calling out defensive alignments. He’s a take-charge man and supervisor Brandon Hyde mentioned it’s notable to see that with a younger participant.
“I feel it’s uncommon. It’s very pure for him. There’s nothing compelled, there’s nothing pretend. He’s naturally a man who understands his place,” Hyde mentioned. “He’s very vocal in a good way. It’s very mature past his yr.”
When requested if he’s getting extra comfy with followers’ perceptions that he’s the face of the franchise, he mentioned, “I feel it’s a really lucky and humbling place to be in… (to) have folks say that, however I feel it will get simpler every single day, each single day that I’m right here enjoying baseball.”
Most indications level to Rutschman making his main league debut a Camden Yards subsequent yr, with him beginning this season with the minor league Bowie Baysox.