Pair of Matadors Selected in 2011 MLB Amateur Draft

June 8, 2011


Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. and Andrew Muren were taken within 15 picks of each other on Day 2 of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft on Tuesday. Gonzalez was drafted in the 21st round with the 655th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds and Muren was selected in the 22nd round with the 670th pick by the Houston Astros.

"We're proud to see Carlos and Drew selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft," CSUN head coach Matt Curtis said. "Both young men worked extremely hard and it is exciting to see them rewarded for their efforts."

Gonzalez, a junior transfer from Pierce College, recently completed his first season with the Matadors. The Granada Hills, Calif. native was a highly touted pitching prospect when he arrived on campus this year.

In his 17 appearances, Gonzalez compiled a 1-4 record and a 5.36 ERA in 45.1 innings. He started 10 games on the mound for Northridge and, despite battling shoulder stiffness throughout the beginning of the year, struck out 35 hitters. Gonzalez earned a victory in the second game of a doubleheader against Seattle University when he pitched 4.0 scoreless innings of relief and set down five hitters on strikes.

Muren, a redshirt junior from Ramona, Calif., returned to Northridge this season after being drafted in the 35th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Over the year, Muren hit for a .306 average in 56 games for the Matadors and led the team in runs scored (39), doubles (17), runs batted in (32), and slugging percentage (.451).

During Big West play, Muren registered an impressive .345 batting average with 17 runs, seven doubles and 14 RBI. Against San Diego State at Matador Field on March 8, he hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning and drove in five runs to lead the Matadors to a 12-9 come-from-behind victory. In his next at-bat (March 11 against Lafayette), Muren homered to right field for his second of three blasts in 2011. Over the year, Muren finished second in the conference with 17 doubles and was named to the All-Big West Second Team by conference coaches.

The 2011 MLB Draft began on June 6 and concluded today with rounds 31-50.

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