Former Tiger Mahtook called up to major league
BATON ROUGE - The Tampa Bay Rays called up former LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook this week, and he will join them in Miami for their series against the Marlins.
Mahtook's rise brings the total number of former Tigers currently active in the MLB to six. He's also the eighth Tiger coached by Paul Mainieri to make into the majors.
Mahtook, a Lafayette native who played three seasons at LSU, earned All-Star honors with the Triple A Durham Bulls last season. He was selected by the Rays in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Mahtook was a 2011 first-team all-American at LSU, and he completed the regular season as the SEC leader in slugging percentage (.709), walks (41), triples (5) and steals (29). He was No. 2 in the SEC in batting average (.383), home runs (14), total bases (139), on-base percentage (.496) and runs scored (61) and No. 3 in the league in RBI (56).
Mahtook, who was also named to the 2011 SEC all-Defensive Team, batted .441 (26-for-59) in the final 15 games of the season with four doubles, two triples, four homers, 18 RBI, 19 runs and eight steals.
He also helped LSU's club earn the 2009 College World Series title, providing the game-winning hit in the 11th inning of Game 1 of the CWS Finals versus Texas.
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