Adley Rutschman has arrived! (Ep. 92)
He's here, and he's a perfect.
This day was a long time coming. Practically from the day he was drafted, Adley Rutschman was the absolute best catcher in the Orioles entire organization. But you know how this game gets played. He needed some seasoning down on the farm while the Orioles
suppressed his service time prepared him for the big leagues.
Rutschman’s promotion is exciting for a few reasons. First, he is widely-regarded as the top prospect in baseball. Those types of players don’t always turn into franchise-altering juggernauts, but they are usually pretty darn good and as much upside as you could dream of. That is massive for an Orioles team still building things back up.
But second, it signals a shift for this club. Now that Rutschman has arrived on the scene, it’s go time. If they are going to maximize his abilities they need to start assembling a squad around him. That means getting Grayson Rodriguez and DL Hall up to Baltimore before the end of the summer. That means pushing Gunnar Henderson into consideration for the 2023 Opening Day roster. And it could mean getting serious about free agency and big-time trades as soon as this upcoming offseason.
Not all of this is going to happen overnight, and it doesn’t mean the Orioles are going to be a World Series contender by next season. But this should be the start of those sorts of thoughts. This is what the fanbase has been waiting for.
Expectations should be tempered for the immediate future as Rutschman gets his feet wet. But the fanbase should also demand a serious overhaul of this roster over the next 365 days.
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