ROCK HILL, SC—Former Winthrop catcher John Murrian, who has been playing professionally in the Detroit Tigers organization for the past five years, is returning to the Eagles program this year as a volunteer assistant coach.
Murrian was a three-year starter for Winthrop (2007-2009) before being drafted after his junior year by the Tigers in the ninth round of the 2009 Major League Draft. He hit .321 for his college career and led the team in doubles in 2009 with 19. Defensively, he threw out 63 percent of attempted base stealers.
While with the Detroit organization, he began playing with Oneonta in the New York-Penn League and also played with Lakeland of the Florida State League, Erie in the Eastern League, and closed out this past season with Toledo of the Triple A International League.
” I would like to welcome John and his Wife Ashley back home to Winthrop,” said Winthrop head coach Tom Riginos. “I am extremely happy and honored that John has accepted our position of volunteer assistant baseball coach. He was an outstanding player here at Winthrop, and he brings five years of professional baseball experience.”