NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –
Junior right-handed pitcher Alex Muren was selected in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft by the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Muren, taken with the 370th overall pick, was the first pitcher from the Big West Conference selected and the highest Matador drafted since pitcher Brian Slover in 2009 (8th round, Toronto).
He also became the first Northridge player drafted by the Twins organization since 1984, when three Matadors were selected by Minnesota.
"Being selected in the Major League Draft is a high honor," said head coach Matt Curtis. "We are very proud of the work Alex did this year to help our team win and prepare himself for professional baseball."
Muren, a native of Ramona, Calif., was the Friday starter for Cal State Northridge this season. In 14 appearances, all starts, Muren compiled a 5-8 record and a 5.30 ERA, both good for third on the pitching staff. He logged the most innings (91.2) and also recorded 47 strikeouts.
Muren pitched two complete games in his junior season, the first two of his career. In the first game of a doubleheader against Northwestern on February 25, he tossed a one-hitter to lead the Matadors to victory. Exactly one month later, he pitched a complete game on the road at St. Mary's in a 3-2 Northridge victory.
Muren allowed just one earned run in the outing and also struck out a career-high six batters. He earned a win over Sacramento State on Opening Day as well as in games against Indiana at home and Portland on the road.