Orioles sign first overall draft selection Adley Rutschman

The Baltimore Orioles today announced that they have signed their first overall selection of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft, catcher Adley Rutschman, from Oregon State University. The 2019 First-Year Player Draft marked the second time in Orioles history that the club had the first overall selection in the MLB Draft, with right-hander Ben McDonald in 1989 being the first.

Rutschman has claimed every major amateur and collegiate baseball award, including being named the winner of the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy. His accolades also include being named a Gold Glove Award winner, Baseball America National Player of the Year, D1Baseball.com National Player of the Year, Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, Perfect Game National Player of the Year, Baseball America First-Team All-American, Collegiate Baseball First-Team All-American, Perfect Game First-Team All-American, NCBWA First-Team All-American, College Baseball Foundation First-Team All-American, ABCA All-Region First Team, Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pac-12 Defensive First Team, All-Pac-12 First Team, Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention, NCBWA National Player of the Month for April, Pac-12 Player of the Week on April 8, Pac-12 Player of the Week on March 19, Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week on April 29, D1Baseball.com Midseason All-America First Team, Perfect Game Midseason All-America First Team, Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America First Team, NCBWA Preseason All-America First Team, Baseball America Preseason All-America First Team, D1Baseball.com Preseason All-America First Team, Perfect Game Preseason All-America First Team, USA Baseball Richard “Dick” W. Case Player of the Year Award (2018), and a Buster Posey Award finalist.

The Orioles will welcome the Sherwood, Ore., native to Baltimore on Tuesday, June 25, with a press conference and an in-game greeting during that evening’s game against the San Diego Padres.

Overall, the Orioles have signed 30 of their 41 selections from the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. The deadline to sign 2019 draftees is Friday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m. ET.