|Alma Mater:||Stevenson '14|
Merkel joins the Mustangs staff for his first season in 2016, serving as a volunteer assistant. He will assist with recruiting as well as working with the outfielders.
Merkel was a two-year captain for the Mustangs, playing in the outfield from 2011-14. He appeared in 138 games and totaling a .300 batting average, 140 hits and 86 RBIs. He also totaled 23 walks, 19 stolen bases, 14 doubles, two home runs, both as a senior, and one triple.
A 2014 graduate of Stevenson, Merkel is currently working towards his master's degree in Exercise Science at McDaniel College. He resides in Hampstead.