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Rich Dubroff

Orioles’ Rutschman to make Maryland debut for Aberdeen Saturday

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Adley Rutschman will play his first professional game in Maryland on Saturday night for the Aberdeen IronBirds.

Rutschman, who was the first overall pick in June’s Major League Baseball Draft, was removed from his game with Rookie League Gulf Coast in Bradenton, Florida for a pinch-runner after going 0-for-3 with a walk on Friday.

In five games with Gulf Coast, Rutschman, who caught two games, hit .214 (3-for-14) with a home run and two RBIs. He stole one base.

The IronBirds will play Hudson Valley at Ripken Stadium at 6:05 p.m.

Orioles general manager Mike Elias said that Rutschman will do some catching in his first professional season, and will also be a designated hitter. Rutschman was the DH for three games with Gulf Coast.

The possibility exists that if Rutschman plays well for Aberdeen he’ll be promoted to Low-A Delmarva, which has already qualified for the South Atlantic League playoffs.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    July 26, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    They’re rustching him along.

  2. CalsPals

    July 26, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Awesome, saw were Mountcastle hit 2 HRs for his career high, they are our future… go O’s…

  3. PA Bird Lover

    July 26, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    I’m a stunned with his 214 avg.
    True, no doubt he’s not in condition, but the Gulf Coast League?

    • Rich Dubroff

      July 26, 2019 at 10:25 pm

      I’m stunned that anyone is stunned about 14 at-bats. PA.

    • CalsPals

      July 27, 2019 at 8:29 am

      Agree…go O’s…

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