The first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, catcher Adley Rutschman placed the highest at the No. 5 ranking. All four players who ranked above Rutschman, including the Ray's Wanter Franco and the White sox's Luis Robert, are estimated at being called up sometime during the 2020 season, while Rutschman likely won't be ready until 2022.
Rutschman was hit with a bout of mononucleosis shortly after the draft, delaying his first professional appearance. Once recovered, Rutschman worked his way to low-Single-A to finish the season with the Delmarva Shorebirds. In 37 combined games Rutschman batted .254 with four home runs and a .423 slugging percentage.
Ranked No. 35 is right-hander Grayson Rodriguez, who has command on his 93 mph fastball, but his secondary pitches have room to improve. After he was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, Rodriguez moved up to low-Single-A Delmarva at the start of the 2019 season. There, he tossed a 2.68 ERA and held batters to a .171 average in 20 starts (94 innings pitched). He also recorded 129 strikeouts.
Finally, the third Orioles prospect to make the top-50 is left-hander D.L. Hall, coming in at No. 47. Hall's control is lacking, but his fastball averages 95 mph and his curveball has developed over the past year. Drafted in the first round in 2017, Hall has thrown a combined 2.96 ERA in three seasons with the Baltimore organization, including last season with the high-Single-A Frederick Keys.
With the Keys, Hall posted a 3.46 ERA in 19 appearances (17 starts), striking out 116 and holding opponents to a .189 average. He also, however, averaged six walks-per-nine innings with Frederick, proof his control has room to grow.
The Orioles announced Tuesday that Rutschman is formally invited to Spring Training. Catchers and pitchers report to Baltimore's major-league spring training on Feb. 11.
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