The answer? Very.
Per Jon Heyman, the O's just handed their catcher of the future a huge deal, thanks to a signing bonus of around $8.1 million -- the largest in MLB Draft history.
Based on what we've seen from Rutschman at Oregon State, he's a player who is absolutely deserving of that bonus. For his age, he's a plus-plus hitter, power bat, fielder, and thrower -- all four of those categories have 60/80 grades on MLB Prospect Watch -- making him a serious threat to be one of the most dangerous five-tool players in the league in a few years.
In a time period where catcher production is at an all-time low, Rutschman gives the struggling Orioles a glimmer of future hope. After years of obscurity, Baltimore may have just secured its franchise cornerstone for the next 15 years.
Congrats to the slugger! Gerrit Cole now sits $100K behind him for the record.