Still No. 1: Rutschman leads five players on Baseball America list – Steve Melewski

For just the third time since Baseball America started releasing top 100 prospect lists in 1990, the Orioles had five players in the initial top 100 of the year when the newest list came out on Wednesday.

We say initial top 100 because now these lists are tweaked and changed often during the year. Some outlets, including Baseball America, move players in and out as they “graduate” and lose prospect and rookie eligibility. There was once a time when outlets released one list per year and a year later the next one came out. But no longer.

In the new Baseball America top 100 out yesterday, catcher Adley Rutschman remains the No. 1 prospect in baseball. He was second on this list a year ago, but when Wander Franco of the Tampa Bay Rays was called up and lost his prospect eligibility, Rutschman moved up to No. 1, and he stayed there on this year’s list ahead of Seattle outfielder Julio Rodriguez at No. 2 and Kansas City shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. at No. 3.

Joining Rutschman among Orioles on the list is right-handed pitcher Grayson Rodriguez at No. 6, lefty pitcher DL Hall No. 52, infielder Gunnar Henderson No. 57 and outfielder Colton Cowser, the club’s 2021 top draft pick, at No. 98.

So, in terms of the initial release and records of such, the Orioles also placed five on this list in 2008 and also last year,…

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