CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman picked up yet another National Player of the Year honor on Wednesday. The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) recognized him as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year.
With the honor, Rutschman, who signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, picked up a National Player of the Year award by every organization and major media publication in 2019. That includes the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy. Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com and Perfect Game join the ABCA in naming him as their National Player of the Year.
Rutschman, from Sherwood, Ore., has an opportunity for one more major honor. The Buster Posey Award winner – given to the nation’s top catcher – will be announced Thursday night in Wichita, Kansas.
Rutschman batted .411 this season and is poised to finish first in the nation with 76 walks and a .575 on-base percentage. He added 17 home runs and 58 runs batted in to his statistical line, tallying a .751 slugging percentage and 57 runs scored. He was also stellar behind the plate, throwing out 13-of-27 (48.1 percent) attempted basestealers while committing just four passed balls.
The Pac-12 Conference’s coaches named him as their Player of the Year and the Co-Defensive Player of the Year. He later became the second player in school history to receive a Gold Glove Award from the ABCA and Rawlings, joining Nick Madrigal (2017).
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His honors do not end there. Rutschman is unanimous First-Team All-American, joining Michael Conforto (2014) as the only players to earn that distinction. Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, D1Baseball.com, Perfect Game, the ABCA, the NCBWA and the College Baseball Foundation all selected Rutschman to their first teams.
Rutschman is the first Beaver to win the Golden Spikes Award and receive the Dick Howser Trophy. He also became the first Oregon State baseball player to go No. 1 overall in the MLB First-Year Player Draft when he heard his named called by the Orioles on June 3.
As D1Baseball.com wrote earlier this month, Rutschman “is one of the most decorated college players of his era.”