June 18, 2012

Muren Signs with Minnesota, Headed to Gulf Coast League

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. –

Former Cal State Northridge right-handed pitcher Alex Muren has signed with the Minnesota Twins organization, according to the team's official web site. Muren, who was selected in the 12th round of this year's MLB Draft, has been assigned to the GCL Twins of the Rookie Gulf Coast League in Fort Meyers, Fla.

"It is a great feeling knowing that I am one step closer to reaching my childhood dream of playing in the big leagues," Muren said. "With the excitement that came when I was drafted comes a lot of hard work."

"Alex's work ethic on the field and in the classroom was a model for his teammates during his time at Northridge," said head coach Matt Curtis. "We are proud that his efforts were rewarded in the draft and we wish Alex the best as he begins his professional career."

Muren, a native of Ramona, Calif., was the 370th overall pick of the draft and the first pitcher taken from the Big West Conference. In 14 appearances this season, 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.

Muren became the highest draft pick from Cal State Northridge since 2009 and the first Matador selected by Minnesota since 1984.

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