TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006
Murphy and Gronkowski Sign Major-League Contracts

June 13, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior third baseman Daniel Murphy and senior first baseman Gordie Gronkowski each signed major league contracts, it was announced today. Murphy, the highest Dolphin draft pick since the program joined the Atlantic Sun in 1998, will forgo his senior season to turn professional. Terms of each contract were not disclosed.

Murphy, a 13th-round selection by the New York Mets, will join the Brooklyn Cyclones for short `A' season in New York. The Cyclones, who play in the New York-Penn League, will begin their season on June 21. Murphy, who suffered an injured knee at the end of the 2006 season, will rehabilitate in Port St. Lucie, Fla., until it is deemed he is ready to play.

Gronkowski, a 49-round selection by the Los Angeles Angels, will participate in a five-day mini-camp in Mesa, Ariz., before joining a rookie league. After a quick evaluation, he will either be shipped to Orem, Utah to play in the Pioneer League (Orem Owls) or stay in the Arizona League with the AZL Angels.

"Although I'm disappointed to lose these great players, I'm very excited about the opportunity for them to continue their careers," JU head coach Terry Alexander said. "I know these individuals will be a positive reflection of the program and I'm proud to have had the opportunity to coach them."