Goulet joins Utica Unicorns; homers in first pro game
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Recent Plymouth State University graduate Josh Goulet (Nashua, N.H.) has signed a professional contract with the Utica Unicorns of the United Shore Professional Baseball League (USPBL).
On Sunday (June 23), in just his second professional at bat, Goulet blasted a home run over the Chevy Pavilion in left field at Jimmy John's Field.
"I'm so proud of Josh for all he accomplished here at Plymouth State, and now for what he will accomplish after his collegiate career," said fourth-year head coach Clay Jenkins. "Josh bought into our building-block philosophy of development, slowly improving his game one small step at a time through his own hard work and dedication. Watching him grow from a raw New Hampshire talent into one of the best all-around baseball players in the nation has been an absolute treat for our coaching staff."
According to its website, the USPBL launched in May 2016 as a three-team league with a full 75-game schedule played at Jimmy John's Field in downtown Utica, Michigan. The league was designed as a developmental finishing school for players seeking to make it to Major League Baseball, consisting of state of the art coaching, musculoskeletal training and strength and conditioning programs, the latest advances in sabermetrics and video analysis and a focus on personal development off the field.
The league added a fourth team in 2017 and in just three-plus seasons 29 players have gone on to sign with Major League organizations. The Unicorns won the 2016 USPBL Championship and have had ten players sign with MLB organizations. Manager Jim Essian spent 12 seasons as a player in Major League Baseball and took over as manager of the Chicago Cubs for the final 122 games of the 1991 season.
Goulet put together one of the most productive seasons in Plymouth State baseball history this spring, collecting an impressive array of postseason honors along the way. He was named to the All-America First Team when the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-America teams were announced at the Division III College World Series last month after posting a .410 batting average, a mark that ranks among the top-25 in program history.
He shattered the program record with 13 home runs, matched a school record with a three-homer game and set program marks for RBI in a season (47), total bases in a game (14), total bases in a season (116), career runs scored (132) and career stolen bases (98). He reached base in all 37 games during his senior campaign, which included a team-high 19-game hitting streak to close out the season.
Goulet was also named a First Team All-American by D3baseball.com, as well as earning ABCA/Rawlings New England All-Region First Team, D3baseball.com New England Region Player of the Year, D3baseball.com All-New England First Team, Little East Conference (LEC) Player of the Year and All-LEC First Team honors.
"Josh's baseball ability and growth is only scratching the surface of his potential, and I am extremely excited for Josh's opportunities and next steps in professional baseball," added Jenkins.
|Goulet homers off the Chevy Pavilion in his second professional at bat|
|(Video courtesy of USPBL)|
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