Rutschman goes first to O's

OSU catcher gets the big payday
Staff Report

Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman was selected by the Baltimore Orioles first overall Monday in the Major League Baseball Draft, earning him a signing bonus of $8.4 million.

Rutschman, who was named the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year this season, helped the Beavers win the NCAA Championship as a sophomore, which led to three teammates being selected in the first round following the World Series. Longtime coach Pat Casey retired following the win.

Oregon State qualified for the NCAA Tournament this season, but lost in a regional this weekend.

In his junior season, Rutschman hit .411 with 17 home runs and 58 RBIs. He also set a single-season record with 76 walks, of which 26 were intentional - one coming with the bases loaded during the Corvallis Regional.

A native of Sherwood, Rutschman is the grandson of his namesake, who led Linfield College to three NAIA national titles in football as head coach. In 25 years with the school, he also coached the baseball team for 13 seasons.

Rutschman is the third OSU athlete to be selected first overall in his sport, following Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker by the NFL's Los Angeles Rams in 1963, and soccer standout Danny Mwanga by the Philadelphia Union of the MLS in 2010.