On Wednesday night, now former Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman added to his long-list of hardware once again, scooping up a 2019 Gold Glove award from the American Baseball Coaches Association and Rawlings, according to a press release.
The steady flow of accolades should be no surprise to anyone, as Rutschman has already claimed the Golden Spikes Award, the Dick Howser Trophy, Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, a Pac-12 All-First Team selection and was drafted with the top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. He was also named National Player of the Year by numerous media outlets, including Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game.
While Rustchman, the Pac-12 batting champion of the season, is often most noted for his strong offensive skill-set, the catcher is a strong defensive presence as well, as noted by the Oregon State athletic department.
The Sherwood, Ore., native was 13-for-27 (48.1 percent) on stolen-base attempts against and he committed just four passed balls. He posted a .989 fielding percentage, mainly behind the plate while also starting eight games at first base.
They would also go on to note that Rutschman is the first Beavers talent to be named a Gold Glove winner since 2017, when infield Nick Madrigal scooped up the honor as well.
While the 6’ 2”, 215-pounder is expected to sign a professional contract soon with the Baltimore Orioles, Rustchman has yet to do so as of June 20th. He is one of the three top 5 picks in the recent draft who has not agreed to a deal with their squads. The slot value of the top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft is $8,415,300.