Adley Rutschman gets promotion from Aberdeen to Delmarva - BaltimoreBaseball.com

Rich Dubroff

Adley Rutschman gets promotion from Aberdeen to Delmarva

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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.

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“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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35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. Camden Brooks

    August 20, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Rich, I know he has DH’d some, but how has his defense looked?

  2. Boog Robinson Robinson

    August 20, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Getting additional ABs this year. Yes, this IS a good thing Mr Hyde.

    I see a trip to Arizona in his immediate future.

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 20, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      The guess here is that they tell him to rest after this season. After next season, yes.

  3. mcgooding

    August 20, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I’m just wondering if it’s too soon, or was the O’s plan to bring him up with some of their better pitching prospects?

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 20, 2019 at 9:06 pm

      In the long term, yes. In the short term, no.

    • ButchBird59

      August 20, 2019 at 9:24 pm

      He might be catching Grayson Rodriguez 🙂 and/or Drew Rom soon. I would love to see that, especially the former.

    • mcgooding

      August 20, 2019 at 9:36 pm

      ButchBird59…I would too!

  4. OriolesNumber1Fan

    August 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Boog Robinson Robinson this is for you… I am the Orioles Number 1 fan. What part of rebuild don’t you friggin understand! If you’re going to rebuild then do it the right friggin way! Get the best player in the draft and restock! Not 14 friggin years of mediocre baseball you seem to crave by being in the middle of the pack! Players get old and don’t perform like they used to (Chris Davis) others move on to bigger $$$ the Orioles can’t afford (Manny Machado) etc. etc. And who is the name headliner on this column? Adley Rutschman NUMBER 1 PICK!!! And he already got moved up a level! Elias will hord all the best picks again next June again and build us a winner. We’re not the yanks or bosox who can outspend everyone and make mistakes and still spend more. You can have the 14 years of mediocre, middle of the pack. Me, I’m hoping 1 or 2 more great drafts and we’ll be in the World Series. Just like the Astros will probably be this year. The Orioles are just like the Astros were just a few years ago and look at the Astros now. A few great drafts for them and playoff bound & world series favorites! Again, what part of all this don’t you understand!!!

    • Raymo

      August 20, 2019 at 8:13 pm

      Wow Number1Fan. That was a rather number2 response. All Boog suggested was that the kid might see time in the Arizona Fall League soon. Are you sure you were responding to his post?

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        August 20, 2019 at 8:25 pm

        No, not from this response. From his previous response to my post from article “Hyde says Orioles still playing to win…”

    • mcgooding

      August 20, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      I love your enthusiasm, but slow your roll. There’s a long way to go to become the Astros. Also draft picks and a farm system don’t necessarily win a World Series. Look at Tampa Bay and K.C. It’s true what you said about the draft. The O’s can’t afford to miss with a high draft pick. I’d love to see playoff baseball back here by 2022. Sooner would be great, but I’m a realist!

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        August 20, 2019 at 9:01 pm

        Mcgooding, you can slow your role. For me, I’ll take my chances on the draft for the next couple of years of tanking. Then make some great trades for filling in pieces needed and playoffs and world series. There’ no guarantess in life. Guys get hurt. Maybe don’t fulfill their draft status just like a couple of Astros picks were. But, just like the yanks, dodgers and Astros young talented rosters, I’ll take my chances there.

    • mcgooding

      August 20, 2019 at 9:30 pm

      EZ killer. I’m not totally disagreeing with you. I like the way that you think. I’d love to see that too! I’m not sure about the Astros, but I’m pretty sure that the Dodgers and Yankees have a payroll that the Orioles can’t match. Not only that, but the Yankees and Dodgers haven’t had to tank. The Astros stunk in the N.L. forever. Hopefully Elias is the savior for this team. There isn’t a Machado, Trout, or Harper every draft. Hopefully the O’s score on a few picks and are competitive in the near future. We shall see.

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        August 20, 2019 at 9:51 pm

        I didn’t mention Astros, Dodgers and yanks payroll. I stated in my prior post, that they can’t compete with them there. I mentioned these 3 teams because they all built or rebuilt through the draft. Yanks and Dodgers have a great nucleus of young talent that they got through drafting and making great trades for young talent. And of course the overseas young talent signings that the got and the Orioles now finally joined.

        • Bancells Moustache

          August 20, 2019 at 10:36 pm

          I’ll toss in my own ‘slow your role’. I’ll agree we are watching a process play out, I think it’s ludicrous that we have all been conditioned to think the only way to build a winning team is to subject your fanbase to several consecutive 100 loss seasons. Yes, it is a process but you better hope it works. I’m sorry, but it’s gonna take a little more than a guy moving up from the New York-Penn to the Sally League for me to start calling the Elias regime the smartest guys in the room, especially when you consider the pesky fact that this farm system everyone is now raving over was built primarily by Dan Duquette.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      August 21, 2019 at 8:08 am

      Yo Numero Uno … this is for you!

      In my response on the prior thread .. which you’ve confused for this one .. and thereby confused all the other readers .. I said that I DO understand the tanking strategy and explicitly asked that you NOT try to explain it to me. Doesn’t take a genius (and I’m no genius) to understand that some of y’all believe that the only way to draft and build successfully is to land the top pick(s) for several straight years. I just don’t think a well structured franchise has to purposefully lose to win. The Yanks draft well .. the Sox do too … and let’s not forget the Dodgers. I don’t remember any of them tanking. Tanking is unnecessary.

      What I CAN’T understand is how a person claiming to be a team’s number one fan can sit and watch a game, all the while rooting for them to lose. How does that work? Can you explain THAT dynamic to me?

      Besides … give it 2 or 3 more years of empty seats at OPACY, and you’ll calling yourself NashvillesNumber1Fan.

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        August 21, 2019 at 9:23 pm

        Hey B.R.R. this is for you! If you understand tanking and you don’t want it explained to you, since you think you know, then you should know why “The Number One” wants the Orioles to lose to win. But since you don’t know, I’ll explain it again. The Orioles are in a “rebuild”. That means starting over. That means they won’t win many games. Ergo, then why not lose 1 more than the next worse team. Ergo, the number 1 pick in the draft. Ergo, tanking. I used to think like you and hoped they would win as many as possible but a bad team would finish at best .500 which would give them a middle of the pack pick and that would get them nowhere. Ergo, 14 years of losing which wasn’t that long ago. You might like that but I don’t. So, if you’re going to lose anyway, why not lose by also helping your team in the long run. That’s being smart and a way to use the system to your advantage. BTW, yanks, Dodgers and Sox have the $$$ to spend so they could just buy their way to the world series and never have to tank. Us little guys (O’s) with limited payroll have to use the system. This was actually what Elias kind of said prior to this year in so many words. I hate it when the Orioles lose but I’m thinking it’s in their best interest in the big picture! 2 years of losing will bring two great drafts. Add that to their already pretty good minor leagues will bring them their next world series! And lastly, the empty seats are not bothering ownership during this rebuild and they understand it and they’re the ones paying the bills, then why is it bothering you.

        • Borg

          August 22, 2019 at 7:37 am

          The Orioles had a payroll $60 million higher last year than it is this year, and last year it was only $17 million less than New York. I for one am tired of the old “we’re a small market team” BS when the Angelos family has been banking that lucrative MASN contract for all these years. Maybe they can’t match the payroll of Boston or NY year after year, but they aren’t a tiny market either. They showed and have shown that they won’t sign their own players when it comes time for a bigger contract (Mussina, Machado, Schoop, etc) though Angelos was willing enough to pay a stupid contract for a slugger who struck out a lot and didn’t have a long track record of success before Baltimore. You still have to make the right calls, no matter how much you spend.

          There is absolutely no data to back up the belief that finishing with high draft picks automatically makes a team competitive quickly. There is also no data to back up the idea that the #1 pick gives anyone a huge advantage over getting the #4 or #5 pick.

        • Boog Robinson Robinson

          August 22, 2019 at 7:48 am

          I understand the tanking thing. Obviously any moron can understand it. But since you admit that the Yanks, Dodgers and Sox have never tanked, how do you explain these teams traditionally having such good farm systems? They haven’t been picking at the top of the draft rounds? And I’m not talking about them buying major league talent. These teams have great farm systems. And they don’t tank. My point is that you don’t have to tank to earn high draft picks to have a good farm system. You simply need to invest in the support system (scouting, international signings etc) needed to draft wisely.

          Answer me this one question please. Does the O’s Number One Fan sit and watch a game and root for one more homer every night to be hit against Bundy? Did he delight when Alex Cobb was lost for the season? Does he appreciate and approve of each and every Crush Davis whiff? Do you actually ENJOY watching this team lose night in and night out? That’s the one thing I can’t wrap my head around. ERGO …. that’s what I’d like you to explain. Not tanking.

  5. CalsPals

    August 20, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Easy big fella…go O’s…

  6. cb

    August 21, 2019 at 8:28 am

    If the Orioles move I am finished with baseball.

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 21, 2019 at 8:45 am

      CB, they’re not going anywhere.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        August 21, 2019 at 8:58 am

        Rich … how do you feel about country music?

    • Rich Dubroff

      August 21, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Not a huge fan.

    • Raymo

      August 21, 2019 at 5:59 pm

      Yeah, country music is an oxymoron.

  7. mlbbirdfan

    August 21, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    My family heads up a small partnership of individuals who purchase six box seat tickets in section 38 at Camden yards. We have held the seats from day one to the present. I have a big stake in the Orioles future. I am willing to see them tank in order to get better draft picks in EVERY ROUND, not just the 1-1. I am 71 years old. I expect to see a World Series in Baltimore within the next six years. It took Houston seven years to get to the World Series. We are all passionate Orioles fans. Rather than attacking each other, I prefer to read thoughts about the Orioles. Moving Adley up: Seems like a big win!

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      August 21, 2019 at 7:14 pm

      Well the other 40,000+ passionate fans seem to be having a hard time making it to the games lately.

      Everybody seems to be comparing what’s going on here to the recent Astro success. Keep in mind there’s one huge difference. Houston is a Major market. A HUGE town and still growing. It’s the number 6 TV market in the country. Baltimore is the 26th largest. Big difference. Houston also doesn’t have the 7th largest TV market sitting 30 miles south it down I95 . Houston isn’t about to lose a large chunk of TV $$ due to an expiring contract/agreement either.

      Do you think that if Houston had signed Crush Davis to that contract instead of the Orioles that he’d still be on their roster? I’m thinking they have the means to have eaten the contract and moved on. Houston has the means to pay a lineup that includes the likes of Grienke, Verlander, Altuve, Springer, Bregman etc, while the Os have to let the Machados & Schoops of the world go.

      I don’t believe the Houston blueprint is at all sustainable in Bal’more. Sorry .. If I sound like I’m attacking any of my fellow bird fans, I don’t intend to, but this going gaga over intentionally losing teams just doesn’t sit well with me. But to call yourself the O’s number one fan, or telling me how much you love them all the while rooting for them to lose? How does that work?

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        August 21, 2019 at 9:40 pm

        By the way, just be thankful that MLB doesn’t yet frown on tanking unlike the NBA. The Knicks were a horrible team that didn’t tank on purpose because they were really all that bad and for all their troubles got the fourth pick in the draft. Ouch!

    • ClayDal

      August 21, 2019 at 10:56 pm

      In reference to Boog’s point about the Astros, their payroll this year according to spotrac is 168 million. Last year it was 163 million. The year they won the World Series it was 133 million. By contrast the Orioles payroll that year was 175 million for a last place team. So the Orioles do have the ability to spend money. The Astros payroll in 2014 was 51 million which was an increase of 2013 which was only 35 million. So while the Astros do have a large and growing market, they aren’t spenders like the Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        August 22, 2019 at 7:51 am

        They will be. (well maybe not to the extent of NY or Boston) But they can and will have to spend. If not, the Houston Blueprint will prove unsustainable even in Houston.

        BTW .. how much does a player like Greinke run them?

    • ClayDal

      August 22, 2019 at 9:14 am

      Greinke has 2 more years left on his contract at 35 million a year. 12.5 million is deferred each year. The Diamondbacks will pay 10.3 million in 2020 and 2021. Then he receives 12.5 million a year in deferred salary. Looks like the Astros are on the hook for that. So for the next 2 years, looks like the Astros will be paying him around 13 million a year in actual money. Looks like Arizona agreed to pay more of his salary the next 2 years while Houston will pay all of his deferred salary.

    • ClayDal

      August 22, 2019 at 9:16 am

      Forgot to mention the deferred salary is from 2022-26, a total of 62.5 million

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        August 22, 2019 at 12:56 pm

        Thanks Clay! If it were just 13 million a year, I’d say they got a bargain. But the deferred salary will sting when it comes time.

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