Adley Rutschman of the Orioles records his first MLB success, triple against the Tampa Bay Rays

There was a palpable buzz at Camden Yards on Saturday night as MLB’s top prospect and Baltimore Orioles’ top prospect Adley Rutschman made their MLB debut.

The catcher was eagerly awaiting his big league call-up, having played in Triple-A Norfolk for the end of the 2021 minor league season and 12 games in 2022 while recovering from injury.

However, the former Orioles No. 1 showed it was time for him to hit the big time and on Saturday he not only made his debut, but made a statement, tripling to his third at bat.

It wasn’t pretty for Rutschman, a bloop that snuck along the straight field line in round seven with an exit speed of 75.4 MPH.

However, it was a success that he and Orioles fans will long remember. Something unique about this milestone is that Rutschman isn’t the first big Orioles prospect to triple for his first hit in MLB.

Former third baseman Manny Machado and catcher Matt Wieters both tripled for their first career hits in the series.

Wieters played over 800 games behind the plate for the Orioles, helping orchestrate multiple AL East championships.

Machado had quite the career on both sides of the ball before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 and signing a massive 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres.

Orioles fans are hoping Rutschman will be the face of the franchise for the foreseeable future.

Baltimore hasn’t posted a winning record as a franchise since 2016 and with showpieces like Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini on the roster, Rutschman will not only bring stability, but another piece to build on.

Despite his first hit in MLB, the Orioles fell victim to Randy Arozarena, who hit two home runs for the Rays on Saturday.