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Orioles sign first draft pick Adley Rutschman

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The Orioles signed Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman, the first overall pick in the draft, on Monday, the team announced.

Rutschman and general manager Mike Elias will hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Rutschman will be introduced to the fans during the Orioles’ game with the San Diego Padres.

According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, Rutschman signed for a record bonus of $8.1 million. The slot value for the pick was $8,415,300.

Since Oregon State’s season ended in an NCAA regional, Rutschman has won a number of awards, including the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser trophy.

It’s not known where or when Rutschman will begin his professional career.

Callis reported that the Orioles were also close to signing their second-round pick, Alabama high school shortstop Gunnar Henderson, who was taken 42st overall. The slot value for the first pick of the second round is $1,771,700, but Callis said Henderson, who was heavily recruited by Auburn, will sign for $2.3 million.

The Orioles have signed nine of their top 11 picks. Henderson and LSU outfielder Zach Watson, their third-round pick, have yet to sign.

Thirty of the 41 Orioles picks have signed. The deadline for signing picks is July 12 at 5 p.m

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