Orioles Notes: Rutschman, Severino, Mateo
The Orioles promoted wide receiver Adley rutschman from Double-A to Triple-A Norfolk, the team announced last night. (Roch Kubtako from MASNsports.com first reported he would level up.) Rutschman, who now ranks as the No.1 prospect in all of baseball at Baseball America and MLB.com after Franco Strollgraduation from the roster, opened the year at the Double-A level and posted a batting line of .271 / .392 / .508 with 18 homers, 16 doubles and nearly as many walks (15 , 4 percent) than strikeouts (15.9 percent). That bar was good for a whopping 144 wRC + in a very pitcher-friendly Double-A setting – the tenth highest score of any Double-A qualified hitter this season.
While he’s technically only one step away from the major leagues, it’s hard to imagine Rutschman would be called up to the Majors before the end of the season. The Orioles only have a 38-72 record on the season, and they would gain another year of control over Rutschman as they wait for week three of the 2022 season to promote him to the big leagues, unless the structure changes. of service time in collective bargaining between the MLB and the MLB Players Association. The current ACA expires on December 1 and uptime issues like this should be a topic of discussion.
A few more notes from Baltimore …
- While Rutschman is the bright future as the Orioles wide receiver, he has been Pedro Severino there more often than anyone over the past two seasons. The 28-year-old has beaten 0.245 / 0.316 / 0.400 over the past three seasons in Baltimore (94 wRC +), but his bat has dropped slightly in 2021. Kubatko suggests that Severino, who will receive a salary increase of $ 1.825 million this year in officiating over the winter, will likely be unsolicited by the O’s. Severino has been a solid bat compared to other receivers in the league, but defensively, he had his share of difficulties. He’s been about average in terms of theft rate caught over the past few years, but Severino gets poor ground blocking scores in the Baseball Prospectus, lower than normal framing scores and recorded at -19 runs. defenses recorded since his arrival at O in 2019.
- The Orioles are open to possibly playing Jorge mateo in the outer field, writes Nathan Ruiz of the Baltimore Sun, but manager Brandon Hyde also added that the team’s hope is to allow the recently claimed speedster to play at ease in the middle of the infield. Baltimore claimed Mateo, 26, off waivers for the Padres just four days ago – a move that could finally give the former top prospect a path to consistent playing time in the big leagues. Mateo originally signed with the Yankees but was traded to Oakland in the Sonny Gray swap, then to the Padres for a player to be named later. Mateo is 3-for-11 with a double, a triple and a pair of interceptions to start his Orioles tenure. The Padres acquired Mateo on June 30, 2020, but at a now winning club with an overcrowded roster he has never had much of a chance to play. He appeared in 79 games for San Diego from 2020-21, but recorded just a total of 121 home plate appearances during that time.