Adley Rutschman

Adley Rutschman

Height: 6-2
Weight: 220 lbs
Age: 25
College: Oregon State
Baltimore Orioles

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The ScoreEach MLB team's spring training MVP

With spring training set to wrap up, we review the best player on each team from the exhibition schedule.Arizona Diamondbacks, Corbin Carroll: The D-Backs see so much potential in Carroll that they signed him to an eight-year, $111-million contract on March 11 despite just 32 MLB games under his belt. He's shown why Arizona thinks so highly of him in spring camp. The 22-year-old is slashing .372/.500/.628 with eight extra-base hits, 11 walks, 13 runs scored, and five steals.Atlanta Braves, Matt Olson: There may not be a hotter hitter in spring training than Olson, who leads everyone with seven homers to go along with 16 RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage. The Braves should be dangerous this season with Olson following Ronald Acuna Jr. and hitting in front of Austin Riley in Atlanta's lineup.Baltimore Orioles, Adley Rutschman: The Orioles have had plenty of standouts this spring, but Rutschman graces this list thanks to a .325/.438/.625 slash line combined with a powerful and patient approach - four homers and eight walks in 40 at-bats. Baltimore should benefit immensely from a full season of the backstop, who has franchise player written all over him.Boston Red Sox, Triston Casas: The Red Sox planned to start the season with Casas at first base, but it wasn't a certainty. The 23-year-old has done everything he's needed to ensure Boston gives him the job, slashing .346/.397/.615 with eight extra-base hits and 11 runs scored in 18 spring games.Chicago Cubs, Yan Gomes: Gomes leads the Cubs in spring RBIs, is tied for the team lead in homers, and has a .324 batting average with a .703 slugging percentage. The veteran backstop's fine spring might lead to him getting the majority of the reps behind the plate this season in a tandem with Tucker Barnhart.Chicago White Sox, Hanser Alberto: Alberto entered spring training as a non-roster invite, but he worked his way onto Chicago's Opening Day roster with a strong camp. The 30-year-old posted a .450/.476/.800 slash line with nine of his 18 hits going for extra bases.Cincinnati Reds, Graham Ashcraft: Christian Encarnacion-Strand looked primed to take this spot, but the Reds optioned him to Triple-A earlier this month, leaving Ashcraft as the pseudo spring MVP. The right-hander has 25 strikeouts in 17 1/3 innings while maintaining a 0.87 WHIP and .197 opponent's batting average.Cleveland Guardians, Shane Bieber: Bieber's spring has been impressive. The 2020 Cy Young winner owns a 1.54 ERA with 13 hits allowed in 23 1/3 innings. His 0.64 WHIP is also top among qualified AL starters in spring training.Colorado Rockies, German Marquez: The Rockies have had some terrific springs from players like Mike Moustakas and Kris Bryant, but Marquez has been unreal. Colorado's ace owns a 0.53 ERA with 20 strikeouts and two walks in 17 innings, earning him the start on Opening Day.Detroit Tigers, Nick Maton: Maton has been tremendous in his first spring camp with the Tigers after they acquired him in an offseason trade. The 26-year-old leads Detroit with five homers and 12 runs scored alongside a 1.067 OPS. He's projected to start at third base to begin the season.Houston Astros, Ronel Blanco: Blanco appeared in just seven games with the Astros last season, but he's set himself apart and should be in Houston's bullpen to start the campaign. The hard-throwing righty has limited opposing hitters to a .184 batting average, allowing one earned run in 14 spring innings while striking out 17.Kansas City Royals, Franmil Reyes: The Franimal looks like a beast again as a non-roster invite for the Royals after a down year in 2022. The former Guardians slugger leads Kansas City with 12 RBIs and 16 hits. He's also sporting a .372/.438/.674 spring slash line.Los Angeles Angels, Anthony Rendon: Might this be the year signing Rendon finally pays dividends for the Angels? The third baseman, who hasn t been able to stay healthy since inking a seven-year, $245-million deal with Los Angeles, is hitting .452/.514/.774 with nearly half of his spring hits going for extra bases.Los Angeles Dodgers, James Outman: Outman's dream came true when the Dodgers announced he made the Opening Day roster, and the decision wasn't a surprising one after the 25-year-old posted a .990 OPS with 11 RBIs and 15 hits in 21 spring games while playing all of the outfield spots.Miami Marlins, Sandy Alcantara: Alcantara hasn't skipped a beat since winning the NL Cy Young last season. The Marlins ace owns a 0.68 ERA and 0.75 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings and recently struck out the first eight hitters of a game against the Astros.Milwaukee Brewers, Mike Brosseau: Brosseau has had a ridiculous spring for the Brewers and looks poised to make the Opening Day roster as a bench player. The 29-year-old owns a 1.532 OPS with six homers and 14 RBIs. He should get plenty of reps against left-handed pitching, although he's crushed all pitching this spring.Minnesota Twins, Jose Miranda: Skipping the World Baseball Classic might have been a blessing in disguise for Miranda, who is mashing for the Twins this spring. The third baseman owns a .778 slugging percentage, leads Minnesota with five homers, and is second on the team with 10 RBIs.New York Mets, Pete Alonso: The Polar Bear spent a good chunk of the spring at the WBC, but he's impressed for the Mets, too. Alonso has four homers and a .647 slugging percentage in 34 spring at-bats and has shown solid patience at the dish with five walks, helping him author a .400 on-base percentage.New York Yankees, Anthony Volpe: Volpe has turned so many heads in camp that he fast-tracked expectations and will begin the year as the Yankees' starting shortstop. The highly touted prospect owns a 1.064 OPS with 10 extra-base hits, eight walks, and 13 runs scored in 17 games.Oakland Athletics, Kevin Smith: Smith did not look good last season for the A's, but he's doing everything in his power to get another shot in the bigs this spring. The 26-year-old, who wasn't projected to start the year with Oakland's big-league squad, leads the team with 15 RBIs and could push someone else out of the picture.Philadelphia Phillies, Jake Cave: Cave looks like an impressive pick-up by the Phillies, who claimed the outfielder off waivers from the Orioles. The 30-year-old leads the Philles with 14 spring RBIs and a 1.301 OPS. Ten of his 22 hits have also been of the extra-base variety, including three homers and three triples.Pittsburgh Pirates, Ke'Bryan Hayes: Hayes owns the most lavish contract in Pirates history and appears ready to reward the franchise for investing in him long term. The youngster leads the club with four homers and is second with 10 RBIs alongside a .750 slugging percentage. He looks poised for a breakout campaign.San Diego Padres, Nick Martinez: The Padres decided to invest in rotation depth this offseason, and one of those signings, Martinez, has looked sharp in spring camp while also dipping his toe in the World Baseball Classic. The hurler owns a 1.93 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP and 19 strikeouts in 14 innings. He's expected to be a part of San Diego's six-man rotation.San Francisco Giants, Blake Sabol: Giants fans are quickly getting to know Sabol, who came to the club in a trade for a player to be named later. The catcher has crushed pitching to the tune of a .349/.474/.651 slash line with 10 RBIs and 11 walks. Giants exec Farhan Zaidi recently said Sabol will likely make the Opening Day roster because of his strong spring.Seattle Mariners, Robbie Ray: Ray was solid for the Mariners last season after signing a lucrative multi-year deal, but he's looked like he's rediscovered his Cy Young form this spring. The southpaw has 26 strikeouts in 17 innings while allowing only two earned runs. Opposing hitters are hitting a measly .190 against him.St. Louis Cardinals, Jordan Walker: Walker put together such a fantastic spring that he was named to the Cardinals' Opening Day roster after never playing a game above Double-A. MLB's No. 4 prospect had 18 hits in 19 games, including three homers, five doubles, nine RBIs, and a .508 slugging percentage.Tampa Bay Rays, Luke Raley: The Rays are among baseball's elite at finding talent, and it looks like they discovered another gem in Raley, who was acquired from the Dodgers in March 2022. The 28-year-old tore up minor-league pitching last season and has brought similar thunder to spring camp this year. He owns a 1.117 OPS and leads the Rays with five homers and 14 RBIs.Texas Rangers, Ezequiel Duran: Duran may have earned a big-league roster spot with an awesome spring that saw him put more RBIs on the board than slugger Nathaniel Lowe while posting a slash line almost as good as franchise shortstop Corey Seager.Toronto Blue Jays, Yusei Kikuchi: Kikuchi struggled mightily in his first year with the Blue Jays, but the club wasn't ready to give up on him. The southpaw was recently awarded a starting rotation spot after a stellar spring that included 25 strikeouts in 18 innings with just two earned runs allowed.Washington Nationals, Josiah Gray: Gray might finally be blossoming into the ace-type pitcher the Nationals hoped they traded for in the Max Scherzer deal. The 25-year-old has looked sharp in five outings, striking out 14 in 16 1/3 innings while allowing one earned run and two walks.Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Mar 27, 2023

The ScoreEach AL team's biggest question early this season

With the regular season opening up this week, we look at the biggest question facing each American League club early in 2023. Diamond Images / Getty ImagesBaltimore Orioles: Are they ready to take the next step?The young Orioles didn't make too many big moves after nearly crashing October last season, meaning that the kids - including Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson, and Grayson Rodriguez - will again determine this team's success in 2023. A full season of Rutschman will help immensely, and the likes of Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander, and Dean Kremer add even more solid homegrown pieces to an already talented group. But young teams also have to take their lumps. Last year, the Orioles had zero pressure and nothing to lose during their surprising run. While nobody's forecasting 100 wins, fans in Baltimore should be expecting a winning record and contention for a wild-card spot right to the end at minimum. That's a lot to ask of this very young squad, even if the talent is capable of getting there.Boston Red Sox: How will all the new faces gel?There was a lot of turnover in Beantown during the winter. Out went Red Sox mainstays Xander Bogaerts, J.D. Martinez, Matt Barnes, and Nathan Eovaldi. Their replacements include veterans Justin Turner, Adam Duvall, Kenley Jansen, and Corey Kluber, plus Japanese star Masataka Yoshida. Top prospect Triston Casas is also set to play a prominent role in the big club, taking over at first base. Rafael Devers, armed with a rich new extension, is the unquestioned clubhouse leader, but that's about the only sure thing.Chicago White Sox: Who gets the ninth inning?With Liam Hendriks sidelined indefinitely, the White Sox closer role is open, although nobody's run away with the job just yet. It's a major conundrum for rookie manager Pedro Grifol. Kendall Graveman and Joe Kelly both have plenty of big-league experience in the bullpen, but they've combined for just 22 saves in the majors. Aaron Bummer's become a staple of the White Sox 'pen, but his extreme splits could pose problems against right-handed hitters in the ninth. Reynaldo Lopez revitalized his career as a reliever and owns a powerful arm, but he has even less experience closing than Graveman and Kelly. If the White Sox go with the closer-by-committee approach, someone is going to have to eventually step up and cement themselves as the ninth-inning guy for Grifol until Hendriks returns.Cleveland Guardians: Can the offense do its part?There's zero questions as to whether the Guardians can pitch. Cleveland's rotation, fronted by former Cy Young winner Shane Bieber and rising star Triston McKenzie, is as formidable of a quintet as any in baseball, while Emmanuel Clase leads a powerful bullpen that can shut down most lineups. But the Guardians can't win every game by a score of 2-1. Cleveland won the AL Central last year in spite of some serious offensive struggles. While the Guardians were the toughest team to strike out in 2022, they hit the second-fewest homers in the league, and their 99 wRC+ was the lowest among all playoff teams. Jose Ramirez is a perennial MVP candidate, but he can't do all the work himself. If the entire Guardians lineup can pull their weight consistently, there's no reason why this team can't waltz to a second straight division title.Detroit Tigers: How much will the kids contribute?It's another rebuilding year in Detroit, and that means even more focus on the many youngsters poised to carry this franchise forward. So much is riding on how this inexperienced group does when it's thrown into the fire. For former first overall pick Spencer Torkelson, it's a particularly big year, as he needs to finally make good on the potential the Tigers saw in him three years ago. Riley Greene and Kerry Carpenter are also going to be counted on for production on a daily basis. On the pitching side, Matt Manning and Spencer Turnbull will get chances to show that they can carry the rotation long term. The 2023 Tigers will only go as far as their young stars will carry them.Houston Astros: How much does Abreu have left in the tank?Fresh off another World Series, the Astros kept the pedal to the metal, inking former AL MVP Jose Abreu to a three-year, $58.5-million contract. Abreu should be a huge boost at first base after the Astros struggled to get much production from the position in 2022. Abreu was still productive last season, but at the age of 36, it's always fair to wonder when an age-related drop off might occur. If he can be productive and help the Astros win in 2023, fans will probably be willing to stomach any decline in the second and third years of his contract. The Astros will need Abreu to hit the ground running in his first season to help pick up the slack in the absence of Jose Altuve. Bob Levey / Getty Images Sport / GettyKansas City Royals: Will Witt take the next step towards stardom?Bobby Witt Jr. showed plenty of promise in his highly anticipated rookie campaign, posting a 20-20 season while playing solid defense at two positions. He did enough to show that he can be the face of the Royals for years to come. In 2023, it's time for him to take that next step on an otherwise dismal Kansas City club. Witt should be able to take advantage of the new bigger bases to up his stolen-base totals, while also improving both his OBP and defense. Yes, this is a lot to put on a 22-year-old, but there's no reason to think he can't get there. Witt's one of the few reasons to watch the Royals this season, and he should continue to show fans why that is.Los Angeles Angels: Can they keep Ohtani?This is the biggest question in baseball this season. Angels general manager Perry Minasian aggressively upgraded the roster with proven veterans to provide Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout with more support than they've been afforded over the past few seasons. It seems like a foregone conclusion that Ohtani will test free agency following the season. If the Angels can get to the postseason for the first time since 2014 and make some noise, it could give Ohtani something to think about when making his decision about where to play the remainder of his career.Minnesota Twins: Can they stay healthy?The Twins were a trendy pick to win the AL Central last year before injuries helped derail their season. Health remains the main obstacle for this group in 2023. The injury bug has already reared its head during spring training: Jorge Polanco, Alex Kirilloff, Royce Lewis, and Gilberto Celestino will all start their seasons on the IL. Players who remain had better stay healthy. Byron Buxton, for all of his incredible natural talent, has only played 100 games in a season once during his career and has got to play a full season for the Twins to have any hope of taking the division back. There will also be a microscope on Carlos Correa's ankle all year after his offseason adventure. Pitchers Tyler Mahle and Kenta Maeda will also have to avoid setbacks after injury-plagued 2022 campaigns. If Minnesota's staff has to work overtime to keep these guys healthy, then they have to do it.New York Yankees: How much will Volpe contribute?Yankees top prospect Anthony Volpe opened plenty of eyes with his stellar spring performance. Though he's only played 22 games above Double-A, he did enough to earn his spot on the big-league roster, officially making the team Sunday. Volpe will start at shortstop on Opening Day, which will no doubt please many in the Bronx. But how much can be expected of the 21-year-old out of the gate, despite his talent? The Yankees need Volpe to solidify shortstop in a way that Isiah Kiner-Falefa couldn't last year. There will almost certainly be some struggles as he adjusts to life in New York, which is a far cry from Scranton, Pennsylvania. If Volpe can play up to his potential out of the gate, the Yankees will be in a very good spot.Oakland Athletics: How long will this rebuild last?It's been a tough year or so for Athletics fans. The club has seen franchise pillars Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Sean Murphy, and Frankie Montas shipped out. The A's have some intriguing prospects in the pipeline but are right in the middle of what could be yet another extended rebuilding period. This might be the reality for the club until there is some clarity about a new stadium. Whether that's in Oakland or another city like Las Vegas, A's fans need to accept the fact that they are going to be watching a lot of losses over the next few years. Steph Chambers / Getty Images Sport / GettySeattle Mariners: Is the offense good enough?After snapping baseball's longest postseason drought last year, expectations are high in Seattle entering 2023. The club acquired two-time Silver Slugger Teoscar Hernandez from the Blue Jays to help bolster an offense that finished 17th in slugging percentage and 18th in runs scored in 2022. The Mariners will need Hernandez and reigning AL Rookie of the Year Julio Rodriguez to anchor the lineup this season. One intriguing wild card to keep an eye on this year is outfielder Jarred Kelenic. The 23-year-old struggled mightily last season and was sent down to Triple-A for the second straight year. Kelenic made some mechanical adjustments to his swing, helping him to an impressive performance during spring training. Kelenic coming closer to reaching his potential could help Seattle's lineup reach another level this season. Tampa Bay Rays: Can they score enough runs to compete?Pitching carried the Rays into the playoffs as the AL's No. 6 seed in 2022. That's because their offense averaged just 4.11 runs per game, ahead of only the lowly Royals, Angels, A's, and Tigers in the American League. Kevin Cash is going to need a lot more from his bats this year in order to guide the Rays back to October inside the rough-and-tumble AL East. Certainly, good health for Wander Franco and Brandon Lowe, who both struggled to stay healthy in 2022, will go a long way towards revitalizing Tampa Bay's offense. Franco and Lowe are offensive lynchpins for this lineup, and their ability to stay off the IL could make or break the team's season.Texas Rangers: Can the rotation stay healthy?Rangers general manager Chris Young entered the offseason knowing his club needed an infusion of talent in the starting rotation. He proceeded to go out and add two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom as well as proven commodities in Nathan Eovaldi, Andrew Heaney, and Jake Odorizzi. The elephant in the room is the fact that all of these hurlers come with extensive injury histories. Odorizzi is already on the shelf, and deGrom dealt with some side soreness at the outset of spring training. If Young's stable of new pitchers can stay healthy, it could go a long way to helping Texas to its first winning season since 2016.Toronto Blue Jays: Will the back end of the rotation do its part?Toronto's top three of Alek Manoah, Kevin Gausman, and Chris Bassitt can match up with the best of any staff in the AL. It's the final two rotation spots that might make Canadians sweat this summer. Yusei Kikuchi has looked like a new man at times this spring, but while he's given up just two runs, he's also walked nine during 13 innings. And then there's Jose Berrios, who led the AL in both hits and earned runs allowed during his dismal 2022 and has had a very rocky spring training. Berrios has also been hit hard in March despite his low ERA, and added to the question marks by getting shelled for six runs (five earned) in a one-inning WBC start for Puerto Rico. The Blue Jays don't need Kikuchi and Berrios to be All-Stars, but with depth at a premium, getting solid back-end production from both is a must in order for this team to reach its potential.Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, Mar 27, 2023

Yahoo Sports2023 catcher rankings: J.T. Realmuto, Adley Rutschman provide stability behind the plate

Philadelphia's J.T. Realmuto is the position's only true five-category performer, but there's some surprising depth among the backstops this season.

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Thursday, Mar 16, 2023


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