The Salem News
---- — Tyler Gauthier struck out a lot of batters at Fraser Field, either as a member of the Lynn Classical high school baseball team or as a North Shore Navigator.
Now, he’s on a path towards striking out batter in a venue just a bit bigger.
Gauthier signed a free agent contract to join the Tampa Bay Rays organization yesterday, giving up his final year of collegiate eligibility with the Southern New Hampshire Penmen.
“Tyler was great for us out of the bullpen this season,” said Navigators General Manager Bill Terlecky. “Although we will miss his arm out of the bullpen, we are excited to see what he will do in the Rays organization. We wish him the best of luck.”
Gauthier worked 15 2/3 innings for the Navs this summer with a 1.14 earned run average. He had one start, two saves and 12 strikeouts in seven appearances and had considering pitching in the Cape Cod Baseball League before opting to sign with Tampa Bay.
A 2010 Northeastern Conference all-star in his final season at Classical, Gauthier went 4-4 for SNHU this past spring and struck out 54 batters in 56 innings. The 6-foot-5 righty helped the Penmen advance to the NCAA East Regional.
He’s also the 12th former Navigators to sign with a Major League Baseball organization over the last three years.