Former Mustang selected in MLB draft

Former Mounds View High School standout Max Knutson recently completed his junior season as a member of the University of Nebraska baseball team. He will not play for the Cornhuskers as a senior, however.

That’s because Knutson has turned pro.

Knutson, a 2013 Mounds View graduate, signed a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles not long after the Major League Baseball team drafted him. Baltimore selected Knutson in the 12th round of the draft on June 11.

After signing with the Orioles, Knutson was assigned to Baltimore’s Class A team, the Aberdeen IronBirds of the New York-Penn League. As of June 26, he had made two appearances for the IronBirds. He pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning on June 23 against the Auburn Doubledays and then gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings of work on June 26 against the Connecticut Tigers.

Kuntson capped off his senior year at Mounds View by helping the Mustangs win the 2013 state championship. He spent the next three springs pitching for Nebraska.

Knutson made six appearances out of the bullpen as a freshman for the Huskers and appeared in 10 games as a sophomore. Two of those sophomore appearances were starts and he finished the season with a record of 1-1 with a 2.33 earned-run average in 19 1/3 innings.

As a junior this spring, Knutson made 17 appearances, including five starts. He finished with a record of 3-1 and had an earned-run average of 4.38 over 37 innings.

In the classroom, Knutson earned a number of honors at Nebraska. He landed on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll numerous times and was twice named Academic All-Big Ten.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.








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