By Rob Mason, PSO President of Sports Operations
Aug 05, 2019

Pos: C

Throws: Right | Bats: Switch 

Ht: 6’2″ | Wt: 215 lbs.

Hometown: Portland, OR

School: Oregon State

Draft: 1st Rd [1st] in 2019

Signed: $8.1M

Age: 21 (2/6/1998)

Level [’19]: NCAA/Rk/A-

ETA: 2020

  • 6th Catcher in MLB history to be selected No.1 overall; First since Joe Mauer in 2001
  • Led Oregon St. to become College World Series Champions in 2018
  • Named Most Outstanding Player of College Baseball Playoff after collecting a record 17 hits & 13 RBIs
  • Surpassed Jacoby Ellsbury’s single-season hits record in Oregon St. history (102)
  • Played on OSU football team freshman year as kickoff specialist (59.5 yds/kick)
  • He recorded one tackle in his NCAAF career, tackling Stanford’s PAC-12 OPOY Christian McCaffrey when he was bound for a touchdown. C-Mac is now an All-Pro RB for the Carolina Panthers
  • The only 1st overall pick in Oregon State history

Pros

  • Plus power potential
  • Very athletic frame for Catcher
  • Smooth swing on both sides of the plate
  • Plus arm strength
  • Best player on the team his whole life

 

Cons

  • On the slow side on the basepaths
 

Grade: A

Pros

  • Developed left-handed & right-handed stroke
  • Remarkable plate discipline
  • Quality blocker/receiver behind the plate
  • Smart baserunner

 

Cons

  • Can improve framing abilities
  • Excess effort in right handed swing
  • More of a gap hitter than HR hitter most of collegee

 

Grade: B+

 

Pros

  • More BBs than SOs in 2018 & 2019
  • Excellent .411/.575/.751 batting line in College during 2019
  • Career .352/.473/.559 hitter @ Oregon St.
  • 100+ hits as a Junior
  • 17 HRs in 57 GP as a Senior in 2019
  • 2x as many BB than SO in ’19

 

Cons

  • Only 11 HRs combined in 2017-2018

 

Grade: A

Pros

  • MVP of College World Series
  • Led Oregon St. to National Title
  • Delivers in the clutch, has that X-factor
  • Likely No.1 pick all year
  • Handled pressure of being the best his entire life
  • Ridiculous college production
  • Very athletic catcher
  • Makeup/Character is a plus

 

Cons

  • None

 

Grade: A+

Adley Rutschman was viewed as the clear-cut No.1 pick ever since the 2018 MLB Draft concluded. Well-respected prospect outlet, Baseball America considers Rutschman the best MLB prospect since Bryce Harper was once dubbed “The Chosen One.” If the Oregon St. product lives up to the hype, he’ll be a key catalyst in changing the Baltimore Orioles franchise around. 

Pro Comp: C Joe Mauer (2001 No.1 Overall Pick)

Prospect Grade: A

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