The Oregon State Beavers just wrapped their third championship season. A (literally) huge reason for the Beavs’ push towards greatness was the performance of sophomore catcher Adley Rutschman.
For his efforts, Rutschman was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2018 College World Series.
Over the course of the College World Series, Rutschman totaled 17 hits (a new CWS record), 13 RBIs (second in CWS history), and on base percentage of .649 (the second highest in CWS history).
That’s not even taking into account all the plays he made behind home plate and the leadership he showed to help OSU control the pace of the games on their way to the title.
Here are a few of his highlights from the Beavs’ time in Omaha:
Oregon State’s Adley Rutschman is 2-for-2 with two RBIs today, including his 16th hit in the College World Series, breaking a #CWS record. @BeaverBaseball leads Arkansas 3-0 after four innings.— Sporting News (@sportingnews) June 29, 2018
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Hey @whitesox draft the switch hitting catch Adley Rutschman next year or I will be furious pic.twitter.com/xxNtSkgiXi— Chuck Naso (@ChuckNaso) June 28, 2018
"The guys, they don't want to go home." - Adley Rutschman @BeaverBaseball survives to play another day against Mississippi State. pic.twitter.com/PTVnv4Kfia— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) June 23, 2018
On top of likely being a top five (first overall?) pick in next year’s MLB Draft, we should probably start talking about Adley’s place among the all-time greats in all of Oregon State sports.
Personally, if Corvallis had a Mount Rushmore, I think Clutch Man here would be a lock for a spot.
...AND HE’S STILL A BEAV FOR ANOTHER YEAR!!