Adley Rutschman Makes MLB Debut
BALTIMORE, Md. – Former Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman became the 41st Beaver in program history to play at the Major League level on Saturday.
Rutschman went 1-for-3 against Tampa Bay, picking up a triple for his first career hit.
The Sherwood, Ore., played in 185 career games for the Beavers, starting in 180. He is the first player in school history to hit above .400 in two different seasons, and totaled 28 home runs with 39 doubles and 174 RBI in his illustrious career. He was named the 2019 winner of the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, which are both given annually to the nation's top players. He was also named the winner of the Buster Posey Award in 2019, given to the nation's top catcher, while being selected as a Gold Glove winner.
Rutschman's 102 hits and 83 RBI in 2018 are a program standard, as are his 76 walks a season later. His 17 home runs in 2019 rank third. Rutschman's 156 walks are the most ever by a Beaver and his 174 RBI are also second for a career at OSU. His 28 home runs rank fifth.
Rutschman was selected first overall in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Baltimore. He played 179 games in the minors prior to Saturday's call-up, batting .282 with 38 doubles, 30 home runs and 110 RBI.
He is the second Beaver to make his debut this season, joining Steven Kwan (Cleveland Guardians). He gives the 2018 National Title team four players who have played the MLB level, joining Nick Madrigal (Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs) and Trevor Larnach (Minnesota Twins). The 2017 team has five as Drew Rasmussen is currently with the Tampa Bay Rays.
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