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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Report: Top pick Adley Rutschman gets record bonus from Orioles

Adley Rutschman

The Baltimore Orioles have handed out a record bonus to No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman.

The Orioles officially announced Rutschman’s signing on Monday, and according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the deal is for a record $8.1 million.

Rutschman, a catcher from Oregon State, was so feared at the college level that he got the Barry Bonds treatment late in the season. The Orioles clearly feel he’s worth big money. They worked quickly to get him signed, into their system, and hopefully prepare him to become a franchise cornerstone for years to come.

Rutschman batted over .400 two seasons in a row, including .427 as a junior this season with a 1.356 OPS.

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