Mikie Mahtook came to LSU by way of Lafayette, where he was a two sport standout for St. Thomas More. He was named All-State in both football (as a quarterback) and baseball his senior year. Mahtook was a big part of three baseball and two football district championships.
It didn’t take long for him to make an impact for the LSU baseball team, as he hit two homers in his first career start against Harvard on March 25, 2009. Mahtook took over the center field job that day and never looked back, batting .316 on his way to earning All-SEC freshman honors.
But he saved the best for last his freshman year, proving to be a clutch hitter for the Tigers in the CWS Finals against Texas. In the 11th inning of Game 1, he singled home the winning run to give the Tigers a 7-6 victory.
His sophomore and junior seasons saw him rack up amazing numbers with the bat, and with his speed he stole plenty of bases and patrolled the outfield with excellent range.
As a junior, he was named First Team All-American and All-SEC after leading the league in virtually all offensive categories. He left LSU one year early after being chosen by the Tampa Bay Rays at the end of the first round in the 2011 MLB Draft.
So where is he now? Well, he’s currently playing for Hi Class A Charlotte Stonecrabs. He’s off to a great start after tearing up the Arizona Fall League last year. His numbers so far through 54 games – .281 average with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, 23 RBI’s and 11 steals.
Here’s a nice scouting report >> BaseballInstinct.com
It seems like the Ray’s have high hopes for Mikie, and with his talent they envision him turning into an exciting player, and someone they believe can hold down a corner spot in the outfield for years to come. His ETA in the bigs is considered to be about 2014, so Tiger fans will have to wait another year or so to catch him in HD on ESPN.
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