|Detroit Tigers – No. 15|
November 30, 1989 |
|April 10, 2015, for the Tampa Bay Rays|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||30|
Michael Anthony Mahtook (//; born November 30, 1989) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Tampa Bay Rays. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at Louisiana State University.
Mahtook attended St. Thomas More High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. He played baseball and football in high school. Mahtook enrolled at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he played college baseball for the LSU Tigers baseball team in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 39th round of the 2008 MLB draft, but did not sign to attend LSU. In 2009, Mahtook was a part of the 2009 College World Series championship team. As a junior at LSU, Mahtook led the SEC in batting in league play with a .425 average. He also led the league in on-base percentage (OBP) in league play with .538. He hit 14 home runs, drove in 56 runs and stole 29 bases. He was named a first team All-American by Baseball America.
He was drafted by the Rays in the first round (31st overall) of the 2011 MLB draft with a compensation pick from the New York Yankees gained when the Yankees signed Rafael Soriano. Before the 2012 season, MLB.com rated Mahtook as the 96th best prospect in baseball. He began the 2012 season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and was promoted to the Montgomery Biscuits of the Class AA Southern League. He spent the 2013 season with the Montgomery Biscuits. On April 10, 2015, Mahtook was called up to replace the injured John Jaso on the roster. He made his major league debut the same day, in a pinch hit at bat. He was recalled to Tampa Bay again from the Durham Bulls on June 2.
Mahtook's father, Michael Mahtook, played college football at LSU. He died of a heart attack at the age of 32, when Mikie was four years old. Mahtook's mother, Mary Ann, had breast cancer during his first year at LSU. He has younger twin sisters, Catherine and Christina.
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