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Orioles fans haven't had much to cheer about the last three seasons, but Adley Rutschman could be the player to rejuvenate the franchise and get them back into the mix in the AL East. 

The Orioles took Rutschman with the first pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and the catching prospect was formally invited to Spring Training, according to Jon Morosi.

There isn't an expectation Rutschman plays in the majors in 2020 since Baltimore probably doesn't want to lose a year of service time on Rutschman in another rebuilding year. So unless O's fans have plans to go to any minor-league games, Spring Training is their best chance to see the prized prospect in person. 

*SS = Split-squad

Feb. 23: vs. Red Sox
Feb. 25: SS vs. Rays
Feb. 26: vs. Braves

Feb. 27: vs. Pirates
Feb. 29 vs. Marlins

Spring Training lineups game-to-game consist of major-league players and a few minor-league guys so the team can see how its depth shakes out. There are some days where teams have two games in one day and go split-squad. Those are the games where O's fans will most likely see Rutschman in action, though there's a chance he could travel for most of those since its common practice for veterans to play the home half of the split-squad games. 

The good news for O's fans, in this case, is that their team doesn't have many established veterans. So here's a layout of the Orioles' home schedule for Spring Training for anyone planning to go down to Sarasota to see Rutschman in action. 

 

Mar. 2: vs. Rays
Mar. 5: vs. Twins
Mar. 8: SS vs. Yankees
Mar. 10: SS vs. Braves
Mar. 13: vs. Blue Jays
Mar. 14: SS vs. Pirates
Mar. 16: vs. Phillies
Mar. 17: SS vs. Nationals
Mar. 20: SS vs. Red Sox
Mar. 21: SS vs. Twins
Mar. 22: vs. Phillies
Mar. 23: vs. Mets

If you hadn't noticed already, the Orioles have a lot of home games at the end of March right before the start of the regular season. If they decide to rest their major-league players in preparation for the home opener against the Yankees, there's a good chance we see Rutschman get some consistent time behind the plate. 

In what could be another long year ahead for the Orioles, it might be worth getting a glimpse at the future of the franchise when you can. 

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