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Orioles No. 1 draft pick Adley Rutschman adds more accolades to his impressive resume

Orioles No. 1 draft pick Adley Rutschman adds more accolades to his impressive resume

The Baltimore Orioles No. 1 overall draft pick Adley Rutschman's list of accolades continued to grow this week, after the catcher added four awards to his resume over the past weeks. 

Thursday he was named a Rawling's Gold Glove winner, the second one ever in Oregon State history.

On Monday, the College Baseball Foundation named Rutschman to the first team of their inaugural All-American team.

A week prior, Baseball America named the Oregon State catcher the National Player of the Year and to the first team All-American. 

Then on Thursday, Rutschman won USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award, given to the best amateur baseball player in the country. 

But Rutschman's award-winning wasn't done: Friday, he was named the Dick Howser Trophy recipient, the honor given to college baseball's National Player of the Year and presented by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. 

Rutschman led the Beavers in 10 offensive categories after their 2019 campaign, including batting average (.411), home runs (17) and walks (76).

When Baltimore drafted Rutschman No. 1 overall in the 2019 MLB Draft, the catcher made history as the first Oregon State Beaver drafted with the first overall pick. 

No stranger to the record books, Rutschman put up Oregon State's most career walks (156), second-most RBIs (174) and third-most runs (151). As such, the power-hitter was also named Collegiate Baseball's Player of the Year. 

A strong defender, the catcher tallied 1,500 career put-outs in his three seasons as a Beaver and finished his junior campaign with a .989 fielding percentage. 

Rutschman was named the Pac-12 co-defensive player of the year, as well as player of the year and batting champion.The Pac-12 also named the Beaver to the All-Conference and All-Defensive teams after his stellar 2019 performance.

In 2018 as a sophomore, Rutschman was named the NCAA College World Series Most Outstanding Player after assisting in Oregon State's championship victory with a record 17 hits. 

Rutschman is also a finalist for the Buster Posey Award, the winner of which will be announced later in June. 


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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 


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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 


OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park