BALTIMORE—After going 5-for-5 on Monday night and hitting in 10 straight games, the Orioles promoted Adley Rutschman from the Aberdeen IronBirds to the Delmarva Shorebirds on Tuesday.
Rutschman, the top overall pick in June’s draft, hit .325 with a home run and 15 RBIs in 20 games for the IronBirds. He began his professional career last month by hitting .143 in five games for Gulf Coast.
Rutschman’s first game for the Shorebirds will be in Salisbury on Wednesday against Greensboro. Delmarva will play this weekend at Hagerstown.
On Monday, Rutschman hit his first home run, a triple and three singles for Aberdeen.
“It was really nice, got a fastball to hit and didn’t miss it, which is always a good feeling to be on time and feel your swing,” Rutschman said about his home run.
“They actually gave me the ball after the game. I don’t know how they found it. I just gave it to a fan after the game.”
Rutschman will be with Delmarva as the Shorebirds begin the South Atlantic League playoffs after the regular season ends on Labor Day.
“Hitting’s a lot of rhythm, so just making sure my swing’s feeling good, my timing’s right and just continuing to work on my process,” Rutschman said.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde was pleaed to hear of Rutschman’s move.
“Sounds like he had a good night last night,” Hyde said. “Found out that he’s being promoted. That’s a good thing.”
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