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Michael Anthony Mahtook

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[edit] Biographical Information

Mikie Mahtook was a first-round pick in 2011.

[edit] High School

Mahtook hit .450 with 13 home runs and 25 steals as a high school senior, making All-State; he was also All-State in football. The Florida Marlins took him in the 39th round of the 2008 amateur draft but he continued on to college.

[edit] College

As a freshman in 2009, Mahtook started in center field for LSU. He hit .316/.377/.495. He was MVP of the Southeastern Conference Tournament after going 10 for 22. He came up big in the finals of the 2009 College World Series, singling in D.J. LeMahieu with the winning run in the 11th inning of a 7-6 win over Texas. Then, after Texas won game 2, he came up big in the finale. With two outs in the fifth, Mikie doubled home Jared Mitchell with the go-ahead run that put LSU ahead for good in a 11-4 romp. Overall, Mahtook hit .296 with 7 RBI in six CWS games. He failed to make the All-Tournament outfield, though his two outfield mates were both picked in Mitchell and Ryan Schimpf.

Moving to right field as a sophomore, Mahtook put up a .335/.433/.623 line with 14 home runs, 19 doubles, 22 steals (in 32 tries) and 68 runs in 63 games. He was second in the SEC in doubles (behind Jason Esposito) and third in runs (behind Taylor Dugas and Whit Merrifield). He hit for the cycle on April 6, the first LSU player to do that since Aaron Hill seven years earlier. Mahtook failed to make All-SEC.

That summer, Mahtook was picked for Team USA's college edition. He hit .271/.368/.390 for the summer and went 10-for-11 in steals; only Drew Maggi had more steals for the US. In their main event, the 2010 World University Championship, he started in the outfield alongside Jackie Bradley Jr. and George Springer, who would also be first-rounders the next year. Mahtook drove in three runs apiece in wins over Sri Lanka and China. For the event, he hit .444/.500/.778. In the Gold Medal game, he hit 8th and played right field. He was 1 for 3 against Miguel A. González as the US lost and settled for the Silver Medal. He joined Cuba's Yoennis Céspedes and Japan's Shota Ishimine as the All-Tournament outfielders.

His senior year, 2011, Mahtook kept on improving, to .383/.496/.709 with 14 home runs, 61 runs and 56 RBI in 56 games. He fielded .993, with only one error, and stole 29 bases while being caught 9 times. He reached base every single game. At the end of the regular season, he was leading the SEC in slugging, walks (41), triples (5) and steals and was second in average, home runs, OBP and runs. He was named All-SEC and was picked as an All-American outfielder by both Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association. Collegiate Baseball left him off their first team, selecting Springer, Jason Krizan and Victor Roache instead.

Mahtook was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 31st pick of the 2011 amateur draft. He was Tampa Bay's second pick, following Taylor Guerrieri; the choice was compensation for the loss of Rafael Soriano to free agency. Mahtook was the second college outfielder picked, after Springer. He signed for a $1,150,000 bonus. The scout was Rickey Drexler.

[edit] Minors

Mahtook made his pro debut in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .338 with 3 homers and 5 steals in 18 games for the Surprise Saguaros. He started his minor league career with the Charlotte Stone Crabs on April 5, 2012 as the cleanup hitter and center fielder, with a fine outing - 2 for 2, 2 walks, a double, steal, run and 2 RBI in a 8-6 win against the Fort Myers Miracle.

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