It’s no secret that Adley Rutschman has taken the MLB world by storm in his sophomore season.
Rutschma showed glimpses of his potential last season, but he’s been absolutely incredible in Year 2. On Thursday, that hot streak continued as he sent the Baltimore Orioles home winners with a career-first.
In the bottom of the ninth of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Oakland A’s, Rutschma belted the second pitch of the inning to deep center field for the first walk-off home run of his young career.
Adley Rutschman walk-off homer for the Orioles! ⚾️💣⭐️pic.twitter.com/7qqL2o12LN
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) April 13, 2023
Here’s another angle of the home run:
THE FIRST WALK-OFF HOMER OF ADLEY'S LIFE!
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) April 13, 2023
Baseball can be a funny game sometimes. Before Rutschman dug into the batter’s box for his fifth at-bat of the game, the 25-year-old was 0-for-4 and had left three on base. But one swing of the bat changed his fortunes on Thursday, as his fourth home run delivered Baltimore its seventh win of the season and a series win over the hapless A’s.
In 51 at-bats this season, Adley Rutschman is hitting .373/.467/.627 with a 1.094 OPS, four home runs, nine RBIs, and nine runs scored. Yes, it’s a small sample size as the Orioles have only played 13 games on the young season, but Rutschman is showing exactly why he was the first overall selection in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The MLB world reacted to Rutschman’s massive home run on social media:
Is Adley Rutschman already the best catcher in the AL? https://t.co/zLjEf9f23b
— Robert O'Neill (@RobertONeill31) April 13, 2023
Adley Rutschman in high leverage situations so far this season:
— OriolesMuse (@OriolesMuse) April 13, 2023
Adley Rutschman vs Trevor May#Birdland
Home Run (4) 💣
Exit velo: 104 mph
Launch angle: 32 deg
Proj. distance: 405 ft
This would have been a home run in 27/30 MLB ballparks, including Oakland Coliseum
OAK (7) @ BAL (8)
🔻 9th pic.twitter.com/erVN6gMhKN
— Would it dong? (@would_it_dong) April 13, 2023
— Andrew Steele (@andrewsteeled) April 13, 2023
Adley Rutschman said that was the first walk off home run he’s EVER hit including little league, high school and college. Wow.
— Spencer N. Schultz (@ravens4dummies) April 13, 2023
Post-game, Kevin asks Adley Rutschman when was the last time he ever hit a walk-off. "First one of my life," he replied immediately. Any level, ever. Good time for it.
— Camden Chat (@CamdenChat) April 13, 2023
WALK IT OFF ADLEY RUTSCHMAN pic.twitter.com/v8QZk8rfCr
— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) April 13, 2023
ADLEY RUTSCHMAN WALK-OFF HOME RUN!!!
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 13, 2023