Rutschman went 1-for-3 with a triple and a walk in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Rays. Rutschman only had to wait until his third plate appearance to get his first big-league hit, and it was a rare triple for the catcher. He had only three career triples and four stolen bases during his short rise through the minors, so he shouldn't be expected to be much of a speed threat. He'll get to rest his legs Sunday -- the top prospect is batting fifth as the designated hitter in the series finale versus the Rays.
Rutschman is starting at catcher and batting sixth Saturday against the Rays. Rutschman's contract was selected by the Orioles on Saturday, and he'll bat sixth during his major-league debut. The 24-year-old appeared in 19 minor-league games to begin the year and slashed .309/.427/.515 with three homers, five doubles, 12 runs and nine RBI. The highly touted prospect is in line to serve as the Orioles' everyday catcher now that he's on the big-league roster.
Rutschman's contract was selected by the Orioles on Saturday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Rutschman was the No. 1 overall pick 2019 and is one of the top prospects in baseball. The 24-year-old missed the first few weeks of the minor-league season in 2022 due to a triceps injury, but he was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk in early May. He hit .233 with three homers, seven RBI and five runs over 12 games in Norfolk, and he's in line to serve as Baltimore's primary catcher now that he's been called up to the big leagues.
Rutschman (triceps) will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and is expected to be reinstated from the affiliate's 7-day injured list, Andy Kostka of The Baltimore Sun reports. Even though he reported to spring training as the leading candidate to break camp as the Orioles' No. 1 catcher, Rutschman began the season on Norfolk's injured list since he doesn't yet have a spot on Baltimore's 40-man roster. Since returning to action in the lower levels of the minors following a five-week absence due to a right triceps strain, Rutschman has looked healthy and productive. Between stops at High-A Aberdeen and Bowie, Rutschman has gone 11-for-25 with five doubles and four walks. Rutschman's stay at Norfolk will likely last longer than his stints with Bowie and Aberdeen, but if he continues to rake at the plate, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft could get the call to the big leagues later in May or June.
Rutschman's (triceps) rehab assignment will advance to Double-A Bowie this week, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Rutschman recently appeared in four games at High-A Aberdeen, and he went 6-for-13 with three doubles, two runs and two walks. His stint in Bowie will likely be the final step in his rehab process, as the 24-year-old will likely report to Triple-A Norfolk once he's fully healthy before presumably making his major-league debut at some point this season.