ROCHESTER, Mich. – Former Oakland shortstop Mike Brosseau has been called up to the Charlotte Stone Crabs which is the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays in the Florida State League. After beginning the season with the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Brosseau led the Midwest League in hitting (.318) and on-base percentage (.393) while recording 32 RBI, 96 hits, 21 doubles, two triples and six home runs.
“This is a fantastic opportunity and I couldn't be more excited to face the challenge of higher competition and taking the next step towards my ultimate childhood dream”, said Brosseau. “I appreciate the Rays organization in trusting me to represent them at a higher level and looking forward proving their confidence in me isn't a mistake.”
“I am thrilled about this opportunity for Mike. Throughout his career here at Oakland and in professional baseball, he has proven he can perform at a high level, is relentless in pursuit of his goals and has a work ethic like no other”, said co-head baseball coach Jacke Healey. “He has a bright future ahead of him and will make the most of this opportunity and finish the year strong.”
A native of Portage, Ind., Brosseau was an All-Horizon League first team selection in 2014 and 2016 at Oakland. 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) during his senior campaign in 2016.
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. He signed a free agent contract with Tampa Bay in 2016.