Nigel Nootbaar Drafted by the Balitmore Orioles in the 12th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft
June 7, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Junior right-handed pitcher Nigel Nootbaar was drafted by Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round (361st pick overall) on day three of the Major League Baseball First Year Player's Draft.
Nootbaar (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo HS) has swing-and-miss stuff from the right side. Through three seasons for the Trojans, he made 43 appearances, striking out 69 batters through 99 complete innings with three saves. He also made 11 career starts. As a sophomore in 2013, he struck out a career-high 12 batters vs. Fresno State.
In 2014, Nootbaar was mostly used out of the bullpen, and finished with an 0-1 record and a 2.81 ERA. He made nine appearances overall, with two starts. He struck out 14 batters through 16 complete innings of work.
As a sophomore in 2013, he finished with a 2-6 record, making a career-high 20 appearances (five starts). He struck out 38 batters in 47.2 innings of work.
Nootbaar is the first Trojan to be drafted by the Orioles since second baseman/outfielder Damon Buford was taken by the club in the 10th round of the 1990 draft.