Orioles infield prospect Cadyn Grenier, the 37th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, is tied closely to this year's No. 1 pick, catcher Adley Rutschman, as both played an integral role in Oregon State's 2018 College World Series championship.
Grenier is excited his former college teammate was drafted by the Orioles and said that everyone from fans to teammates has been buzzing about Rutschman all season long as speculation grew that the Orioles would take him.
"It's literally everyone," Grenier said on
Glenn Clark Radio
June 6. "I'll go and sign autographs and people are like, 'Are we drafting your boy?' and I'm like I don't know I hope so. I get in the locker room and they're like, 'Are we drafting Adley?' and then we get on the bus and they're like, 'What do you think about Adley?'"
Grenier raved about how special of a player Rutschman is and said his impact will be felt throughout the organization. Rutschman hit .411/.575/.751 as a junior for the Beavers and was named Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2019.
"The numbers don't lie. He put up ridiculous numbers in college. It's how he controls the pitching staff as a catcher, how he can calm down or get them hyped up a little bit if he needs to and just give them confidence behind the plate," Grenier said. "You go out with him in BP and you are just like, 'Wow, this dude is awesome.' You can just kind of learn from just watching him do stuff. He is just an athletic specimen, it's ridiculous."
This year, Grenier has been playing shortstop and second base for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Orioles' Low-A affiliate in the South Atlantic League. The team has posted a league-best 46-18 record to start the season and
won the first-half northern division title
, clinching a playoff spot in the process.
A major part of the team's success this year has been due to the strong pitching staff. The Shorebirds lead their league in team ERA (3.01), have the most strikeouts (665) and have allowed a league-low number of hits.
Grenier said he'd be really happy if Rutschman were sent to Delmarva at some point this season. Rutschman would be a great addition not only for his bat, Grenier said, but also his impact with the pitching staff.
"The way he interacts with our pitchers, he gives them so much confidence in themselves and then they have confidence that they can throw whatever they want, whenever they want because he is so good at receiving the ball," Grenier said, harkening back to his Oregon State days. "He is really good at blocking the ball, so they know if there is a guy on third and they need to throw a slider in the dirt, it's not going to the backstop. They know that if they get guys on and they try running, there is a good chance they are getting thrown out."
Although the Shorebirds have had a lot of success this season, Grenier has had an up-and-down season at the plate, producing a .258/.367/.376 line. Coming into the organization he was known for his glove in the middle of the infield, and his defense has not disappointed in Delmarva.
Grenier thinks he has improved a lot at the dish and thinks this will continue.
"The nice thing about being able to play defense pretty solidly is I don't have to worry about it as much, so I can go out and focus on just getting better offensively every day and my defense will be there," Grenier said. "Obviously I still go out and try to tweak some things defensively, but I can go out to the field and just say, 'I need to get better at hitting and focus solely on that because I don't have a reason to have to overhaul my defense.'"
Grenier is being patient with his process at the plate and realizes that with more at-bats, he will continue to get better. During his final season at Oregon State, he posted a .319/.408/.462 line while adding 47 RBIs.
"Obviously the more I see professional pitching the better I will get, the better approach I'll be able to build because I haven't even been in pro ball for a full year yet, so it's one of those things where I need to continue to go on the path that I'm going," Grenier said.
Grenier went on to talk about how the team is very confident day in and day out that they are going to keep winning.
"We show up to the field every day knowing that one way or another we are going to dominate and we are going to find a way to win," Grenier said. "Knowing showing up to the field that you have a pretty darn good chance to win is a nice feeling."
For more from Grenier, listen to the full interview here:
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