Top prospect Adley Rutschman sees ‘bright future’ for Orioles

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Top prospect Adley Rutschman sees ‘bright future’ for Orioles originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Orioles’ rebuild has netted the organization some serious talent, as evidenced by five of their prospects landing in MLB Pipeline’s annual Top 100 rankings ahead of the 2021 season.

Former No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman is the best of the group, sitting at No. 2 overall behind only Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco. Rutschman joined the MLB Pipeline podcast for an episode published Tuesday and talked about the state of the Orioles’ rebuild.

“Just being at the alternate site last year, seeing all the talent we had at instructs this current year, it’s really promising,” Rutschman said. “I think, more importantly, just the mentality of the guys we’ve brought in along with the coaching staff and all the trainers and whatnot, everyone’s got this process-oriented mindset right now that is really elevating everyone’s game. We’re pushing each other to be better right now and I think that’s the most important thing when it comes to down to it. And you combine that with a lot of guys with really good talent, I think you’re looking at a really bright future.”

Joining Rutschman on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 are right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez (27), outfielder Heston Kjerstad (69), left-handed pitcher DL Hall (70) and outfielder/first baseman Ryan Mountcastle (77). Only Mountcastle has reached the majors among the group so far, placing eighth in AL Rookie of the Year voting last year but retaining prospect status by only getting 140 plate appearances.

Though Rutschman said on the podcast that he hasn’t been informed where he’ll start the 2021 season, general manager Mike Elias told MLB Network Radio in December that the Orioles are planning for the star catcher to report to Double-A Bowie.

Baltimore is coming off its fourth-consecutive losing season. With a crop of talented prospects working their way to the majors, the Orioles are hoping that they can build a future like the one Rutschman imagines.