Catcher Adley Rutschman and left-hander DL Hall passed the first test with flying colors. Now, two of the Orioles’ top prospects are headed to Double-A Bowie to continue their rehabilitation from injuries — and continue their paths toward the big leagues. Rutschman and Hall will join Bowie on Tuesday as a part of the active roster.
Rutschman and Hall spent last week with High-A Aberdeen, and they were a battery pairing Friday for Hall’s strong four-inning start. Hall threw 54 pitches, allowing two hits while striking out six batters. Rutschman has played four games at that level, posting a .462 average at the plate.
Hall is working his way back from a stress reaction in his left elbow that ended his 2021 season prematurely, and he expects to remain at four innings for the next few weeks before he’s stretched out further. Rutschman suffered a strained right triceps just as major league spring training began, ending his chances to make the big league roster to start the season.
He impressed at the High-A level last week, including a four-hit performance Saturday. He had three doubles and no strikeouts in 13 at-bats and walked twice.
Rutschman is considered by many publications the top prospect in baseball, and he ranks No. 1 in Baltimore’s farm system, according to Baseball America. Hall ranks No. 3 in the Orioles’ pipeline, with starter potential and a fastball that touches 100 mph. His changeup looked vastly improved during his Friday start, pairing with an already strong curveball.
Rutschman is further along in his development, considering he hit .312 at Triple-A Norfolk last season. The catcher could make his way to Baltimore in the near future. Hall hasn’t pitched above the Double-A level, and executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias has said a stop in Triple-A for Hall is likely before he’d join the Orioles’ rotation.