Former Oregon State star and Sherwood native Adley Rutschman officially signed with his professional club, the Baltimore Orioles, who drafted him number-one overall in the MLB Amateur first-year player draft.
IT’S OFFICIAL – The Orioles have signed No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman.
Hit RETWEET to welcome him to Baltimore! pic.twitter.com/ExkPtRooSW
— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) June 24, 2019
No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman signs with @Orioles for $8.1 mil (pick value = $8,415,300). New @MLBDraft bonus record, eclipsing Gerrit Cole’s $8 mil as No. 1 overall in 2011. Oregon State, best catching prospect in recent @MLBDraft history, huge offensive & defensive upside.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 24, 2019
Rutschman’s deal came with an $8.1 Million signing bonus, setting a new baseball record for most signing bonus money by a draftee. Gerritt Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates signed with an $8 Million bonus back in 2011.
The slot value for the number-one pick this year was over $8.4 Million.
Rutschman is scheduled to have a press conference on Tuesday, where his first minor league assignment should be made known.