ROCK HILL — Former Winthrop catcher John Murrian, who has been playing professionally in the Detroit Tigers organization for the past five years, is returning to Winthrop as a volunteer assistant coach.
Murrian was a three-year starter for Winthrop from 2007 to 2009 before being drafted by the Tigers in the ninth round of the 2009 Major League Draft. He hit .321 during 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."
Winthrop head coach Tom Riginos says Murrian will be in charge of the catchers, will assist with the hitters, and will serve as first base coach.