Pat Urckfitz joins the 2017-18 Tribune coaching staff as the program’s pitching coach. The former Tribune standout is coming off a successful eight-year run in professional baseball.
A 2008 MCC graduate, Urckfitz won seven games during his two years as a Tribune, four as a freshman and three as a sophomore. He struck out 91 batters in 64 1/3 innings while holding opponents to a .219 batting average. Some of his biggest pitching came in the 2008 World Series. He tossed 11 1/3 innings of relief, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out 15 in helping Monroe to a third-place finish.
MCC went a combined 77-28 over Urckfitz's two seasons, including a school-record 41 wins and during his sophomore campaign.
Urckfitz signed with the Houston Astros as an undrafted free agent in June of 2008. His first full season in the minors was a good one, as he went 1-0 with a 1.40 ERA and three saves for the Appalachian League Greeneville Astros.
Urckfitz pitched in the Houston system until November of 2014, when he was signed to a minor league deal by the Miami Marlins. He finished his career at the Triple-A level, pitching a full season with the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2015.
Urckfitz won 19 games to go along with 38 saves and a 3.67 ERA in 324 professional appearances over eight seasons.