Former CCRI baseball catcher Tom Gavitt was drafted in the 19th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday by the Oakland Athletics (582nd overall).
Gavitt had an outstanding senior season at Bryant University. The Bulldogs finished the year with an overall record of 42-16 and Gavitt was a main contributor. The North Stonington, Connecticut native concluded the season with a .320 average, to go along with six homeruns and 29 RBI. For his efforts this season, Gavitt earned All-Northeast Conference Second Team and All-New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Second Team. Bryant was the first team in Northeast Conference history to record back-to-back 40-win seasons, as they earned NCAA Regional bids the last two years.
In Gavitt’s freshman year at CCRI, he hit .414 with six homeruns en route to being named First Team All-Region. In his sophomore season with the Knights, Gavitt was named co-captain by his teammates and also earned MVP honors during the team’s magical run to the NJCAA Division II World Series in Enid, OK. In that same season, Gavitt compiled an impressive .364 batting average while leading the Knights in three offensive categories with 51 hits, 17 doubles, and 40 RBI.
Gavitt was also a tremendous student-athlete while at CCRI, accumulating an overall grade point average of 2.90. He was honored in 2012 as one of the athletes who represented CCRI at the Rhode Island Speaker of the House Scholar Athlete Awards.
CCRI Head Baseball Coach Ken Hopkins commented on his former MVP: “Extremely happy for him. He is back in green again. He has worked hard and deserves everything he gets. Now he has to do it for a living. He is now living the dream. I told him to enjoy the journey and someday leave me a ticket when he plays at Fenway.”
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.