Jurica, Muenster Sign Pro Contracts

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former Kansas State infielders Carter Jurica and Adam Muenster have signed professional contracts and will begin play in the minor leagues.

Jurica, who was drafted in the third round by San Francisco, was assigned to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A Short-Season Northwest League, which opens the season Friday night against Everett.

The Katy, Texas, product finished his collegiate career with a .333 batting average, including a .363 mark this past season. Jurica, a First Team All-Big 12 selection, saw his power numbers improve towards the end of the season as he hit 13 home runs on the year, including eight in the final 18 games of the season. His 13 homers are tied for the third-most at Kansas State in a single season.

Muenster, a 29th-round draft selection by Cincinnati, begins play on Monday as a member of the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League.

The fifth-year senior recorded a banner year in 2010, hitting .381 with 21 doubles, three home runs, 33 RBI, 65 runs scored and 26 stolen bases en route to First Team All-Big 12 accolades. The third baseman was especially tough against conference foes as he hit .434 (46-for-106) to tie for fifth in Big 12 history in conference-only batting average.

The other members of K-State's 2010 draft class, which includes left-handed pitcher Kyle Hunter and four incoming players, have not signed professional contracts as of Friday morning.