Examining Baltimore Orioles' 2016 Draft Picks' Performances in 2016: Rounds 11-15

First off, happy Pitchers and Catchers report day! The wait is finally over and baseball season is upon us! Today, we continue our look at how each of the Baltimore Orioles' 2016 MLB Draft picks performed in their first year in the organization in 2016. Next up, we take a look at their picks from rounds 11-15.

LHP Zach Muckenhirn
Photo: Patrick Cavey

Round 11: LHP Zach Muckenhirn, North Dakota

The lefty had a pretty good debut season in the organization as he spent the 2016 season with the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds. Muckenhirn appeared in 12 games (three starts) and went 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP over 33.1 innings pitched. He had a great ability to pound the strike zone, as evident by the fact that he struck out 34 batters, while walking just three all season.

Round 12: LHP Max Knutson, Nebraska

Knutson worked as a reliever for the Ironbirds in 2016 appearing in 16 games and totaling 30 innings pitched. He struggled a little bit with his command as he walked 16 and also hit five batters. Unlike a majority of college arms, Knutson did not seem to tire as the season was winding down. After the All-Star break, Knutson posted a 2.53 ERA after owning a 4.19 ERA before the All-Star break.

Round 13: LHP Brandon Bonilla, Hawaii Pacific

The son of former Oriole Bobby Bonilla, Brandon was selected by the Orioles for the second time, having also drafted him in the 25th round back in 2014. Obviously, they failed to sign him in 2014, but were able to get a deal done this time around. Bonilla did not see any game action in 2016 after taking a while to get a deal done.

Round 14: RHP Ruben Garcia, Eastern Florida State

After primarily playing third base in Junior College, the Orioles made the move to put Garcia on the mound due to his arm, and it looks as though it may have been the right decision. In 11 relief appearances for the GCL Orioles, Garcia posted a 1.76 ERA and a ridiculous 0.59 WHIP over 15.1 innings pitched. Over those 15.1 innings, Garcia struck out 21 batters, walked just four and allowed just four hits. We have seen position players make the transition to the mound before (Mychal Givens for example) and if Garcia can turn out to be another Givens, the Orioles did well.

Round 15: RHP Nick Jobst, USC Aiken

The big right-hander made 16 relief appearances with the GCL Orioles and handled himself fairly well. He posted a 3.54 ERA and held opponents to a .191 batting average over 20.1 innings pitched. He performed much better than that 3.54 ERA as he allowed four earned runs without recording an out in a July 25 appearance, thus his other 15 outings would warrant a pretty good debut season.

Be sure to check out our previous recaps on Rounds 1-5 and 6-10, and keep an eye out for the remainder of our recaps as we take you all the way through the 40th round.


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