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O's select catcher Adley Rutschman with first overall pick in MLB Draft

Posted: 7:48 PM, Jun 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-04 12:44:14Z
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BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles may have their catcher of the future.

On Monday evening, the Birds selected 21-year-old Adley Rutschman with the first-overall pick of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

The switch hitting Oregon State backstop batted .411 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI's during his junior season, good enough to win him the 2019 PAC-12 Player of the Year and Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Rutschman is the Orioles second first-overall pick in franchise history, following only pitcher Ben McDonald, who was chosen first in the 1989 draft.

The Orioles last selected a catcher in the first round in 2007, when they drafted Matt Wieters fifth overall.