The Orioles are planning to promote two of their top prospects to Triple-A, as The Baltimore Sun’s Andy Kostka reports (Twitter link) that catcher Adley Rutschman and left-hander DL Hall will be on their way to the team’s top minor league affiliate.
Had it not been for a triceps strain suffered during Spring Training, it is quite likely Rutschman would’ve already been in the majors by now, perhaps even as early as Opening Day. Rutschman already hit .312/.405/.490 over 185 plate appearances with Triple-A Norfolk last season, and he doesn’t seem to have much left to prove in the minors. Even over 24 PA at the Single-A and Double-A levels thus far, Rutschman has a whopping 1.167 OPS.
Arguably the top prospect in all of baseball, Rutschman has been tabbed for a pretty quick ascension to the majors basically ever since Baltimore made him the first overall pick of the 2019 draft. Considered both an outstanding hitter and defender, Rutschman is the crown jewel of the Orioles’ rebuilding plan, and he is widely seen as a star in the making. It seems probable that Rutschman’s MLB debut will take place before May is over, and it might even just be a matter of days if the young catcher continues to tear up Triple-A pitching.
Hall was the 21st overall pick of the 2017 draft, and he has battled some injury problems throughout his pro career, including a stress reaction in his throwing elbow that limited him to 31 2/3 innings last season. The Orioles were somewhat cautious with Hall to begin the season, but moved him to Double-A after a single outing in high-A ball, and Hall is now heading for Triple-A after only one outing for Double-A Bowie (that start came today, with Hall allowing two runs over 3 2/3 innings). The focus might still be on getting Hall fully ramped-up, so it remains to be seen if he could be on Baltimore’s radar as a late-season call-up before the 2022 season is out.
Let the service time begin for Adley. The quicker he becomes a Dodger or Met
Would be sad to see him on Los Karens
Keep taking shots at the O’s while you can. It won’t be long before you won’t be able to kick us around any more, and you are already no longer the big boys on the block. That has got to be painful for that big Yankee ego.
I’m no Yankees fan, but let’s go easy on that since people have been saying that since 1996
In my lifetime they’ve never been remotely close to this level of talent in the minors.
The orioles dominated the AL east during showalters time there. They had the best combined record of any of the 5 teams for a 4-5 year stretch so I dunno what 1996 has to do with anything
iverbure – and made the playoffs just 3 times during that supposedly wildly successful 2012-16 time, winning exactly 0 ALCS games. Meanwhile the Blue Jays made the ALCS twice, the Yankees also made it once, and Boston merely won a WS. The Orioles won the division once, as did the Yankees and Blue Jays – Boston won it twice.
Seems the Orioles were the 3rd or 4th most successful AL East team in that time.
Funny, I remember hearing the same exact thing years ago about Matt Weiters, how did his Yankees career go?
You are cold as ice.
Get Off My Mound
To be fair, as much as Wieters was hyped, he wasn’t nearly as hyped as Adley has been since he got drafted. He gets talked about like he’s the second coming of Buster Posey.
Oriole prospects are probably the most hyped in baseball. Wieters, Hunter Harvey, Dylan Bundy, Chance Sisco, all the way back to HOFers like Ben McDonald and Rocky Coppinger.
There was a Chuck Norris-esque website dedicated to tall tales about how amazing Wieters was. He was at least as hyped as Adley. I think Adley lives up to his hype though.
As an Orioles fan, this is news to me.
You realize Wieters nickname was “Mauer with power”- he was the number 1 prospect in the game.
these are IL activations, not promotions.
Incorrect. Adley’s rehab began in High A and they’ve been bumping him up (or promoting him) gradually.
Hall is a promotion. He has never pitched above AA before.
Adley went on rehab to single A for a couple then continued rehab for a couple of games in AA. I wouldn’t characterize Adley as a promotion since he played 43 games and had 185 at bats at AAA last year. If he doesn’t get injured then he either starts at Norfolk or Baltimore so therefore he was just on rehab before going to back AAA. I don’t expect him to be AAA long though he will probably be called sometime in June unless he just struggles at AAA which I highly doubt .
In similar news, Pirates are demoting two of their Top 10 ( O’NeillCruz and Nick Gonzales) to a level more equal to their achievements….the Allegheny Industrial Penitentiary Conference.
Just put them in the majors. You’re putting a trash product on the field for years at least make the fans happy.
Do you even lift, bro? It is about having a long term successful organization, not about making a bunch of whiny impatient squeaky wheels happy by bringing up people too early and having them fail just because they have name recognition.
They will fail if they are bad at baseball and will succeed if they aren’t. It’s that simple. They could have growing pains in majors and still outplay half the roster.
Wowwwwww which baseball team do you run? Do you have any experience in developing mlb talent? No and no, so your opinion doesn’t matter, let’s just leave it to the experts such as myself and the people currently running mlb teams
When people scream to bring up top prospects before they are ready for the majors, they are inviting disaster and careers are destroyed by the fans that were overzealous and couldn’t wait for the players to have confidence to succeed. Just this past decade, do the names Kyle Drabek, Brian Matusz, Dice K, Tim Beckham, Henry Owens, Manny Banuelos, Adam Miller, Courtney Hawkins, Bobby Crosby, Bubba Starling, Jacob Turner, Alex Meyer, Micheal Choice, Caleb Cowart, Mark Appel, Alex Jackson, Mike Olt, Kevin Maitan, Gavin Cechinni, Tyler Kolek, Brett Jackson, plus numerous others mean anything?. Many of the names were top ten in all of baseball drafts, were rushed to the majors before they were ready and they crashed and burned, being totally overwhelmed. With the number of players that the fans destroy by demanding they get to the majors before they are ready, you would think the fans would want to ensure a player is ready, not just a name associated with baseball lists. O’Neill Cruz isn’t anywhere near ready for the majors as his dozens of errors dictate, so rush him to fail and disappear in 2023 because he crashes and burns. Is that what fans in Pittsburgh want – to destroy players that could be special?
Kevin Maitan has never made it to the majors. He still in AA. Yes, his stock has sunk like a brick in a lake but he’s only 22. He may not be the next Miguel Cabrera likehe was being toted as, but he can still make the bigs
All it comes down to is the longer they keep them in the minors while the team is bad then the longer they have control over them as team gets better. But there’s two problems to that.
1. The fans suffer because on field product sucks.
2. The skills are wasted in the minors and players can either get discouraged or get angry and not resign when they are free (aka kris bryant).
They’re going to struggle adjusting to the majors and with some players it will stunt their development.
Yeah, even though he’s a bit older (24) he’s only had one full minors season (~157G), so he’s moving fairly quickly overall, but commensurate to his evaluated ability.
Nonetheless, I do agree with Wowwww in his fan-based assessment of the team. Just because they have an incredibly strong farm doesn’t mean they couldn’t have been more competitive. The two (competitive team fielding & building strong farms) are not mutually exclusive.
So, he’s right to be angry. The O’s are a great franchise. They were a strong franchise, & like the A’s, Pirates, etc, etc, completely sold out in the name of saving $$$$.
Oh wow, I just saw both of them in Bowie today. Guess I caught them just in time.
The future is bright in B-More
Mistead the headline as Rutschman promoted to Orioles and Hall demoted to Triple A as corresponding move.
Exactly how I interpreted it as well.
Extremely misleading title
DL just seems like a terrible name for a Pitcher
Exactly. Like drafting a pitcher named Thomas John.
Or an OF named Jacoby Ellsbury… oh, wait.
There sure a lot of Wanna-be GM/ Oriole Bashers around here. Like someone said before me, in a couple of years those comments will come back to haunt you.
We’ve been hearing that for years, the Orioles are a joke.
I don’t think it’s as much about bashing the O’s quite as much as it is bashing how they are run. Most here are fans of the game and enjoy good baseball, but nobody likes teams that tank.
Why would anyone name there son disabled list hall?
There has been something missing at the minor league huge prospect to major league success story transition for the Orioles for a long time – nearly 40 years. The two main exceptions are Mike Mussina and Manny Machado.
This started around 1984. Mike Boddicker and Storm Davis came up early 80s and had 1 or 2 really good seasons but didn’t build on that or even sustain. Mike Young had 1. Larry Sheets had 1. Ben McDonald didn’t develop one bit from the day he was drafted – and was mismanaged from the start – rushed.
Jim Traber (no one will miss Eddie Murray), Eric Bell (next Jim Palmer), Craig Worthington (finally, someone stable for the position since Brooks retired), Ken Gerhart (30/30 guy!) never had any. The hype has been there, the results have not.
As good as Adley might be, he can’t pitch the ball. The Orioles refuse to get SP help. Even if both Rodriguez and Hall turn out to be above average pitchers or better, that still leaves 3 empty rotation slots for slugs like Harvey, Lyles, Trachsel, Benson, Daal, Drabek, etc.