In 2022, many of the Orioles' most important reconstruction products will arrive in Baltimore, where they'll aim to add to the narrative they've already told.
Adley Rutschman is the Orioles' and baseball's top prospect. Rutschman was the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2019. He'll join the team Saturday for his long-awaited debut.
The Baltimore Sun tells Rutschman's story from the 2019 draft through Saturday's first game at Camden Yards.
Orioles select Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with top pick in MLB draft — June 3, 2019
Mike Elias called Rutschman the biggest move the Orioles would make in his first season as general manager.
As a sophomore at Oregon State, he earned CWS MVP and played for Team USA that summer. He earned every top amateur award with a.411, 1.327 OPS junior season.
Baltimore chose him over Bobby Witt Jr., Andrew Vaughn, and J.J. Bleday. Rutschman was chosen to lead the organization's rebuild. Rutschman commented on draft night, "I'm fortunate."
Top pick Adley Rutschman could transform Orioles with his talent, but might do more with ‘Mudita’ — June 8, 2019
Rutschman's leadership and capacity to improve others were also recognized. Team USA coach Paul Mainieri commented, "He's the real deal."
I've never met a more talented person. Rutschman's $8.1 million bonus was a record. Manny Machado's debut was at Camden Yards. In 2018, the Orioles traded Machado to the Dodgers.
The following winter, he signed a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. "Manny was a great player for many years," recalled Brad Ciolek, then Baltimore's amateur scouting director and now draft operations director.