Rookie catcher Adley Rutschman was called up to the Baltimore Orioles on May 21. His first hit was a triple. It looked like he was going to be a player to reckon with in Major League Baseball for years to come.
Since hitting that triple, he’s failed to differentiate himself from an average AAA minor league call up. This is his current basic stat line, as of June 2, 2022:
He has more errors (2) than home runs (0). He has seven hits and 11 strikeouts.
Rutschman sure doesn’t look like the highly touted player taken with the first overall pick in the 2019 draft.
Just because he’s not playing to his perceived potential now doesn’t mean he can’t turn it around and begin playing like Baseball Jesus. I thought hitting a triple in his major league debut was massively impressive. Triples are hard. They’re more difficult than home runs.
There’s a huge difference between minor league baseball and the major leagues. Or so I’m told. I’ve never played.
My issue is that Orioles fans have been told for years to embrace losing baseball. They’ve been told this because of all the prime draft picks the team will get as its reward for losing. Rutschman represents that payoff.
So far, it doesn’t look like all that losing was worth it. If I didn’t know better, I’d almost think losing on purpose to earn high draft picks is an awful idea.