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Orioles call up top prospect Adley Rutschman for MLB debut

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Baltimore Orioles' No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman eyes the bases during his Delmarva Shorebirds' debut on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.Adley 6
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The Baltimore Orioles promoted top prospect Adley Rutschman from Triple-A Norfolk ahead of Saturday’s game against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Rutschman, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2019 out of Oregon State, has been ranked as baseball’s top prospect by MLB Pipeline since last summer.

The catcher received a record $8.1 million bonus in 2019, eclipsing the $8 million Gerrit Cole pocketed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.

Rutschman, 24, is hitting .309 with three home runs and nine RBIs this season in 19 games across three different levels of minor league play.

Catcher Anthony Bemboom was designated for assignment by the Orioles in a corresponding move.

Bemboom, 32, is batting .115 with one solo homer for his lone RBI in 22 games this season.

–Field Level Media