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Adley Rutschman Reveals Key Adjustment Behind Rookie Success

David Kaestle
Adley Rutschman explains how he became a more effective hitter in the Major Leagues.
Adley Rutschman explains how he became a more effective hitter in the Major Leagues. / Associated Press
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Adley Rutschman entered the season as the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball after being the No. 1 overall pick in 2019, and on May 21, he made in Major League debut with the Baltimore Orioles. As far as rookie seasons go, Rutschman was as advertised.

He slashed .254/.362/.445 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI in 113 games, along with some solid defense behind the plate. It all totaled up to a 5.2 WAR for the season. A pretty great number for a rookie and a shortened season.

That's not to say there wasn't some growing pains and adjustments made along the way in order to finish strong with such a solid first season. Rutschman compared dealing with pitchers at the collegiate level compared to the major league level in a recent interview, revealing what the biggest adjustment he had to make was to become a more effective hitter at the Major League level.

I’d say [the biggest adjustment] was learning how to cover the high pitch. More specifically, it was learning to get to a high pitch that’s in the strike zone. In college, it was typically more pitches away, where you could have that deep barrel path and be putting the ball into left center.

Adley Rutschman

The Orioles certainly have to be encouraged not only by Rutschman's results during his debut season, but also by the informed and professional approach he is taking to improve his game. With catcher being the most offensively stagnant position in baseball currently, if Rutschman can be a solidified and productive hitter behind the plate for the next decade or more, the Orioles will have found themselves a bonafide stud.

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