In what everyone with the Orioles organization expects will be a career full of excitement around Adley Rutschman, there's a different type of buzz surrounding the Orioles' top prospect this winter.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft will report to Sarasota, Florida on Tuesday as a non-roster invitee to the first big league spring training of his career.
Rutschman, 22, will likely start the season in Frederick with the Keys or in Class A Delmarva. For now, though, he'll be with the major league club in Florida.
"It's going to be a camp he's never going to forget," manager Brandon Hyde said. "No matter what you've done, there's always something different about your first major league camp. We're all excited to have him in camp. We're excited for him to get this experience and I'm looking forward to watching him play."
Rutschman, drafted out of Oregon State as a catcher, is the No. 4 ranked prospect in baseball according to MLB.com. He batted .154 in Delmarva last season with a .261 on-base percentage and a .333 slugging percentage. He had six hits in 39 at-bats, including two home runs.
The switch-hitter could get a big-league gig in 2021 after a full season in the Orioles minor leagues. On a basic level, it will be valuable experience to get him major league coaching early on in his development.
"It's going to be great to have our major league coaches, have (major league field coordinator/catching instructor Tim Cossins) and (major league coach Fredí González) and him be around our catchers that have been through it a little bit, we're going to get a lot of experience out of that," Hyde said.
While Rutschman won't be around major league coaching for long in Florida, it's everyone's expectations that, because of his age, he'll be around sooner than other past No. 1 picks.
"It's a whole new staff this year, so I think there's a lot of new stuff that's going to be coming our way," Rutschman said. "But went down for a minicamp a couple weeks ago and they introduced us to a lot of new stuff with regards to analytics and whatnot. I think it's very good and going to be very beneficial."
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