Southern New Hampshire Righty Tyler Gauthier Inks Free Agent Contract With Tampa Bay Rays

Southern New Hampshire Righty Tyler Gauthier Inks Free Agent Contract With Tampa Bay Rays


July 29, 2013

Courtesy of Southern New Hampshire Athletics Communications

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Tyler Gauthier, a three-year member of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball program, will forego his final season of college eligibility, as he recently signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays organization.  He becomes the fifth member of this past season's Penmen team to land in professional baseball, and the fourth to sign with a Major League Baseball organization.

Gauthier, a 6-5 righthander out of Lynn, Mass. and Lynn Classical, appeared in 12 games for the Penmen in 2013, with 10 of those being starts.  In 56 innings of work, he posted a 4-4 record and 3.70 earned run average while striking out 54 batters and holding opponents to a .219 batting average.  His best outing of the season came April 13 against Merrimack College as he allowed just two hits and one unearned run in seven innings while striking out 10 en route to the victory.

This summer, Gauthier shined for the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, compiling a 1.14 ERA out of the bullpen in 15.2 innings of work, striking out 12 and notching a pair of saves.  He had recently been picked up by the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League, but did not appear in a game before being signed by Tampa Bay.

So. New Hampshire qualified for and hosted the NCAA East Regional for the second straight season in 2013, finishing 35-19 overall.  Since 2011, So. New Hampshire has had seven players sign with professional organizations, five via the MLB Draft.

For a recap of the 11 Northeast-10 student-athletes to be selected in last month's 2013 MLB Draft, please click here