Pair of Matadors Inks Deals with Professional Clubs

June 16, 2011


Former Matador centerfielder Drew Muren and pitcher Carlos Gonzalez, Jr. have signed deals after being taken in the 2011 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on June 7. Muren inked with the Houston Astros after being drafted by the organization in the 22nd round and Gonzalez signed with the Cincinnati Reds, the team that selected him in the 21st round. 

Muren, a redshirt junior from Ramona, Calif., played three seasons in the outfield for Cal State Northridge and was selected to the All-Big West Conference Second Team this year after his most productive season on the diamond.

In addition to leading the team with 17 doubles, Muren outranked all Matadors with 32 runs batted in and 39 runs scored. He hit three home runs, including a grand slam in a come-from-behind victory over San Diego State on March 8, and had a game-tying two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against UC Riverside on May 15, a game CSUN would win in extras.

Muren also stole nine bases in 2011 and was named the Big West Co-Player of the Week on March 13. On the season, Muren had the second highest batting average at .306 and led the team with a .345 clip against conference opponents.

For his career, Muren appeared in 151 games over three seasons, starting on 145 occasions. He compiled a .290 batting average (159-of-548) and scored 107 runs while hitting 33 doubles, four triples and seven home runs. Muren drove in 67 runs and stole 24 bases as well. He also spent time on the mound, working for a 5.23 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 43.0 innings pitched.

In 17 appearances in his only season with the Matadors, Gonzalez threw 45.1 innings. The Granada Hills, Calif. native worked for a 1-4 record in 10 starts on the mound and compiled a 5.36 ERA.

Gonzalez, who was touted as a quality pitching prospect even before transferring to Northridge from Pierce College, struck out 35 hitters and was one of eight different Matadors to pick off a runner on the base paths this season.

His lone victory this year came against Seattle University in the second game of a doubleheader. Gonzalez pitched 4.0 innings in relief, scattering five hits and setting down five batters on strikes to preserve the win.

Muren will begin his professional career with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the NY-Penn League (Class A-Short Season), while Gonzalez will play for the AZL Reds of the Arizona League (Rookie).


Update (6/21/11): The original version incorrectly stated that Gonzalez will be playing for the Billings Mustangs of the Pioneer League. The information has now been updated.

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