Meet Adley Rutschman, Oregon State's star catcher who could soon be the future of Major League Baseball. The junior is coming off National College Baseball Writers Association National Player of the Month honors and could become the first pick in MLB's first-year draft in June.
The 6-foot-2, 216 pound physical, switch-hitting backstop hit .455 over 18 games in April and recorded five doubles, seven home runs, and 23 runs batted last month. This season, he's hitting .429 with 16 home runs and 53 RBI. Rutschman holds the OSU single-season record with 59 walks and leads the nation with a .579 on-base percentage.
Let’s get to know the Beavers star.
"We have one goal this year and that's to win a national championship." @BeaverBaseball star Adley Rutschman joins Talkin' Beavers tonight at 7:30 p.m. #GoBeavs— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 9, 2019
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He has Oregon roots
Rutschman was born in Portland, Oregon and attended Sherwood High School. He chose to remain in Oregon for college and says he chose the Beavers because of "great coaching, the town and the school," according to OSU Athletics.
Athletics run in his family
His grandfather, Ad, and father, Randy, both have ties to Linfield College in McMinville. His grandfather is a legendary football coach, who took Linfield to three NAIA national championships. His father, Randy, was also a catcher and considered one of best teachers at the position in the Pacific Northwest.
He’s a former two-sport athlete
Rutschman grew up playing football and baseball. At Sherwood, he was the star pitcher and catcher. With the football team, Rutschman kicked a state-record 63-yard field goal in 2015. In his freshman year at Oregon State, he played both football and baseball for the Beavers. Serving as a placekicker on the OSU Football team, he averaged 59.5 yards per kick and totaled 20 touchbacks.
Did you know?
Rutschman was selected in the 40th round of the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Seattle, but he did not sign.
There's a reason fans call him "Clutchman"
Then sophmore catcher, Rutschman, helped lead the Beavers to their third national title last season and set a tournament record with 17 hits (a new CWS record), 13 RBIs (second in CWS history) and on base percentage of .649 (second highest in CWU history).
His dominant performance earned him 2018 College World Series Most Outstanding Player of the Year honors and the nickname "Clutchman," and rightfully so.
He's expected to be a top prospect in the draft
Rutschman is a heavy favorite to be chosen No. 1 in the 2019 MLB Draft. He's listed as the No. 1 prospect on MLB Pipeline's 2019 Draft Top 50 Prospects List and is expected to be headed to Baltimore, as the Orioles hold the top overall pick after losing 115 games in 2018.
Want to know more about Rutschman? Tune into Talkin' Beavers tonight at 7:30 p.m. as the Beavers baseball standout joins the show.
Get to your TV's tonight at 7:30 p.m‼️@BeaverBaseball catcher Adley Rutschman, fresh off @NCBWA National Player of the Month honors, is joining us on Talkin' Beavers. #GoBeavs | #BuildTheDam pic.twitter.com/yfjNzzhCun— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 8, 2019