Joe Michaud drafted by Oakland A's

Joe Michaud of Milford was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 33rd round of the Major League Amateur Baseball Draft of June 8.

Michaud, a senior right handed pitcher, helped Bryant University win three Northeast Conference regular-season titles, an NEC tournament championship and an NCAA regional game over Arkansas.

Bryant’s midweek starter this past spring, Michaud was dominant for the Bulldogs in his final season in Smithfield (R.I.).

He went 6-3, saved two games and posted a 3.00 ERA in 63 innings on the mound.

Michaud, a 6-4 200-pounder, struck out 61 and held opponents to a .225 batting average. He finished his career with an 18-9 record and a 3.70 ERA in 165.1 innings. Michaud allowed just 149 hits and struck out 148 in his career.

This season, he allowed one run or less in five of his nine starts, including a one-hit, eight-strikeout performance against Sacred Heart to force the “if necessary” game in the NEC tournament.

Michaud was one of three Bulldogs chosen, as Kevin Brown (Chicago Cubs 22nd round) and Peter Keklich (San Diego Padres 38th round) were also drafted.

“We are thrilled that all three of them developed enough to have the opportunity to be recognized by pro scouts,” Bryant head coach Steve Owens was quoted on the team’s website.

“It’s a great ending for a really special year for our program. With the regular season and the postseason and now with these guys getting rewarded with an opportunity to be pro athletes, it’s great to look back on it and its also great to build for the future.

“They worked very hard for those opportunities and it’s nice for the younger players in our program to see that if you work that hard you might get that opportunity as well.”

As a freshman, Michaud made eight appearances including five starts as the No. 3 man in the rotation before an injury cut short his season.

He posted a 4-2 record with a 5.22 ERA and struck out a season-high eight in wins over Monmouth  and Hartford. He didn’t allow a single walk and allowed just three hits in seven innings in a dominating performance against Hartford.

Michaud appeared in just one game as a sophomore and gave up one run on four hits over three innings against Harvard.

As a junior, he emerged as one of the Bulldogs’ four weekend starters during the 2012 season and went 8-4 with a 3.73 ERA in 13 starts. He threw 70 innings, striking out 57 and walking 33.

Michaud tied teammate Keklich for the league leads in wins — with a 6-2 record with a 3.02 ERA in eight conference starts.

His first and last starts of the season were his two best of the season. He earned his first win with seven shutout innings against Wright State and finished the season with his first complete-game shutout, blanking Wagner on three hits to help the Bulldogs secure their second NEC regular-season championship in three years.

Michaud put together back-to-back seven-strikeout performances against Mount St. Mary’s and Maine, where he held the Black Bears to just one unearned run on three hits over seven innings.

Michaud was a key factor in Foran’s run to the Class M semifinals in 2008.

He posted a 4-2 mark on the hill for Milford Legion in 2008, helping the team to a 17-12 overall record as a pitcher and infielder.

Michaud earned three letters in baseball at Foran, was  an All-Southern Connecticut Conference selection, and participated in the Connecticut Senior All-Star Game.

He is the son of Dave and Mary Michaud.