ROCHESTER, Mich. - Oakland University shortstop Mike Brosseau has signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. He will report to Port Charlotte, Fla. this week to the team's spring training facility at Charlotte Sports Park.
"I'm thankful for the chance to compete amongst the best talent in the world and can't thanks the Rays enough for this opportunity," said Brosseau. "It's an unbelievable opportunity to live out my childhood dream."
The native of Portage, Ind. was named an All-Horizon League first team selection in 2014 and 2016. This season he was tops in the Horizon League in on-base percentage (.456), second in home runs (10) and slugging percentage (.571), and top-10 in batting average (.354) and runs scored (49). He also led the Golden Grizzlies in walks (27), stolen bases (8) and second in RBIs (33).
Brosseau finished his career as one of the top hitters in program history. He became just the fifth player in school history to amass over 200 hits, is the program leader in assists and ranks in the top-10 in games played, at-bats, runs scored, doubles, home runs and total bases.
Brosseau becomes the first Oakland player to sign a contract with a Major League Baseball organization since the Cincinnati Reds drafted Jake Paulson in 2014.