SEE IT: Rutschman knocks his first home run of his Double-A career originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
For fans who have missed watching superstar prospect Adley Rutschman do his thing in the last year and a half, the wait is over.
On Thursday night, Rutschman cranked the first home run of his Double-A career in the top of the first inning for the Bowie Baysox.
Rutschman got a pitch out over the plate on the first offering and he didn’t hesitate. It was an impressive piece of hitting to drive the ball out to left-center - the switch-hitter was batting as a lefty, so it was an opposite-field bomb.
Rutschman is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and the consensus best catching prospect to come into the professional ranks in at least a decade. He struggled a bit in his first experience playing late in the 2019 minor league season, but it’s important to note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, Rutschman has fewer than 40 games as a professional to his name.
The Orioles’ top prospect has still worked hard at the team’s alternate site to develop during the missed season, but it’s exciting for fans to get to watch the future face of the franchise in games once more. It will be even more fun for Baltimore if Rutschman keeps hitting homers like this one.