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A peek into Adley Rutschman's future: Breaking down the short list of top-five catchers before Orioles' No. 1 pick

A peek into Adley Rutschman's future: Breaking down the short list of top-five catchers before Orioles' No. 1 pick

In taking Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman with Monday’s first overall pick of the Major League Baseball draft, the Orioles added a potent switch-hitting bat at a position that has rarely made its way into the draft’s top five selections in the past two decades.

Paired with Joey Bart, the San Francisco Giants’ No. 2 overall pick in 2018, the Orioles’ drafting of Rutschman marked the first time since 2007-09 that a catcher was among the first five players off the board in consecutive years. The outcomes of those three picks — the Orioles’ Matt Wieters, the Giants’ Buster Posey and the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Tony Sanchez — are examples of the wide-ranging results of highly drafted...

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