Michael Anthony Mahtook…Married Alison Simon (1/17/20)…Was a member of three baseball district championships and two football district titles at St. Thomas Moore High School (LA)…Played baseball for three seasons at Louisiana State University and batted .344…Helped the Tigers to the national championship as a freshman in 2009…Named the 2009 SEC Tournament MVP…Finished collegiate career riding a 70-game on-base streak…In January 2015, launched the Mikie Mahtook Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and prevention of heart disease…In January 2018, the foundation hosted "LSU Baseball Legends for Charity", a gala that raised $100,000 for several organizations devoted to that cause…His father, Mike, passed away of a heart attack at age 32, when Mikie was 4 years old…Writes his father's football uniform number (54) on his cleats…Hobbies: Attending New Orleans Saints games and LSU football games and spending time with family and friends…Signed by: Rickey Drexler.
Was DET's starting CF on Opening Day...Appeared in nine games with DET before being designated for assignment on 4/11...Was later outrighted to Toledo (AAA) for the remainder of the year...Selected as an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com...Led Toledo with 21 HR.
Split the 2018 season between Triple A Toledo and Detroit, appearing in 72 games with the Mud Hens and 67 games with the Tigers...After not homering in his first 33 games (122 PA) of the season with Detroit, he homered nine times in his final 34 games (128 PA)...Had a four-hit performance on April 29 vs. Louisville…added a second four-hit game on August 7 at Rochester...Homered in back-to-back games for the Tigers on September 4-5 at Chicago (AL).
Established career highs with 50 runs scored, 96 hits, 15 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 2017 as he played in 109 games with the Tigers...Finished the season tied for third in the American League with six triples...Hit a game-tying pinch hit RBI double in the eighth inning on April 7 vs. Boston - marked his first hit with the Tigers and the first pinch hit of his Major League career...Played in 18 games during the month of June and batted .333 (17x51) with five runs scored, two doubles, one triple, two home runs and seven RBI...Hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the ninth inning on July 19 at Kansas City… was his second career go-ahead homer in the ninth inning (other, August 26, 2016 at Houston)...Committed his first error of the season on July 20 at Kansas City, snapping his errorless streak at 123 games, dating back to September 20, 2015 vs. Baltimore...Had a career-long, 11-game hitting streak from July 15-26...hit .381 (16x42) with eight runs scored, six extra-base hits and five RBI during the streak... Named Tigers Player of the Month for July after hitting .346 (27x78) with 17 runs scored, five doubles, two triples, two home runs and nine RBI in 23 games...ranked seventh in the American League with a .346 batting average during the month, while he was eighth with a .422 on-base percentage...Reached base safely in a career-best 18 straight games from July 16-August 3...had a .465 on-base percentage during the streak... Posted multiple hits in a career-long five straight games from August 8-12...Notched his first career walk-off hit on September 15 vs. Chicago (AL) with a RBI single.
Played in 65 games during two separate stints with Tampa Bay in 2016...Started 17 games in right field, 17 games in center field and 16 games in left field for the Rays -- was one of two major league players to start at least 15 games at all three outfield positions, joining New York (AL)'s Aaron Hicks...Assigned to Triple A Durham to begin the season -- played in 27 games with the Bulls and batted .305 (32x105) with 16 runs scored, five doubles, three triples, one home run and seven RBI...Began the season by hitting safely and scoring a run in his first seven games, hitting .379 (11x29) with eight runs scored, one double, three triples and two RBI...Sidelined from April 20-May 13 with a right back strain...Recalled from Triple A Durham on May 22...Sidelined from June 21-August 6 with a left hand fracture...Assigned to the GCL Rays for an injury rehabilitation assignment on August 3 -- played in four games between the GCL Rays and Single A Charlotte and hit .385 (5x13) with a run scored...Hit his first homer of the season at the major league level on August 26 at Houston, snapping a 114 at-bat homerless drought...became the first Ray to hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth inning since Evan Longoria on May 11, 2013 vs. San Diego...Optioned to Triple A Durham on August 27...Recalled from Triple A Durham on September 6 -- played in 20 games with Tampa Bay in September and hit .274 (17x62) with eight runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and four RBI.
Had six different stints with the Rays and started 26 games (10-RF, 9-CF, 5-LF, 2-DH), 22 of those against left-handed starters...led the team with a .353 (24-for-63) avg. from his Sep 1 call up through season's end...also led the club with 6 HR, .706 SLG and 1.103 OPS during that time...those numbers led all major league rookies after Sep 1 (excluding HR)...didn't hit a home run in his last 19 games at Triple-A Durham before the September call up…For the month of September, his .356 avg. was the 2nd highest ever posted by a Rays rookie in a calendar month, trailing Rocco Baldelli in April 2003 (.368)…Overall for the season, led all AL rookies (min. 100 AB) with a .619 SLG and .970 OPS and ranked 3rd with a .295 batting avg…The Rays were 17-9 in his 26 starts and 25-16 in games he played…Finished with 5 HR in his final 23 AB...that stretch included homering in 4 straight starts-the first Rays rookie to do that and just the fifth Rays player ever, joining Carlos Peña (6, 2010), Julio Lugo (4, 2003), Jose Canseco (5, 1999) and Fred McGriff (4 straight in 1999)…On Sep 18 vs. BAL, set a Rays rookie record with 5 hits, going 5-for-5 with 2 doubles...tied the Rays franchise record (eighth time) and became just the third Ray with a 5-hit game at Tropicana Field, joining Melvin Upton Jr. on Oct 2, 2009 vs. NYY (cycle) and Ben Zobrist, who went 5-for-7 in a 14-inning, 10-8 loss on June 10, 2013 vs. BOS… Mahtook's 5-hit game occurred in the 28th game of his career...over the last three seasons (2013-15) only one player has achieved this faster: PIT Gregory Polanco, who went 5-for-7 in his fourth career game on June 13, 2014 at MIA...Ted Williams didn't record 5 hits until his 819th career game...he was the only major league rookie with a 5-hit game in 2015…Batted .349 (22-for-63) vs. the AL East, 2nd among rookies (min. 50 AB) behind TEX Delino DeShields Jr. (.354)…His only career outfield assist earned No. 1 Web Gem on ESPN's Baseball Tonight...on Sep 14 vs. NYY, he made a leaping catch at the RF wall and started a 9-6 double play to end the 7th and keep Erasmo Ramirez's no-hit bid intact...robbed Brian McCann of extra bases and threw out Brett Gardner on the play…His 9 HR are the 2nd most by a Ray through his first 41 career games, trailing Elijah Dukes (10, 2007)…His first 2 hits were home runs: April 15 at TOR (Mark Buehrle) and June 7 at SEA (Mike Montgomery)...joined Dukes (2007) as the only players in franchise history to have both his first 2 career hits go for homers…Hit 3 HR in 7 AB off TOR Mark Buehrle, a 214-game winner and 15-game winner in 2015...the only other player with 3 HR in a season against Buehrle was MIN Matt LeCroy in 2005…On Sep 14-16 vs. NYY, became the first Ray with a SB in 3 straight games since Ben Zobrist did it July 18-20, 2012…For the second consecutive year, started at all three outfield positions for Durham...had 7 outfield assists in only 93 games…Enters 2016 ranked by Baseball America as the Rays No. 6 prospect, as well as Best Strike-Zone Judgment in the system and the IL.
Enjoyed the best season of his three-year minor league career...named MVP of Triple-A Durham after leading the club in avg. (.292), hits (143), triples (6), RBI (68, which led Rays farmhands) total bases (228), SLG (.458), OBP (362) and SB (18)...didn't hit a home run until his 36th game, but still finished a career-high 12...Ranked 5th in the International League in hits and 4th in total bases (224)...Started 71 games in CF, 38 in RF and 18 in LF...Batted .387 vs. left-handed pitching, 2nd in the IL (min. 100 AB) behind Phil Gosselin (.398) of Gwinnett (Braves)...Was one of only three IL players with a dozen or more steals and homers...the others were new teammate Steven Souza Jr. of Syracuse (Nationals) and Tyler Collins of Toledo (Tigers)...Had 11 straight hits (and a walk) over 3 games, April 13-15, all on the road...raised his average from .237 to .408...included a 5-hit and a 4-hit game vs. Charlotte (White Sox)...the IL record is 15 straight, set in 1929...Named the Rays Minor League Player of the Month for May, after batting .351 (33-for-94) with 15 2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI and 9 runs...Named to the IL's midseason All-Star Team...Enters 2015 ranked by Baseball America as the Rays No. 8 prospect, up from No. 25 the previous winter...the publication also named him Best Strike-Zone Judgment in the system and the IL.
Spent the season with Double-A Montgomery and hit .254 (130-for-511)…hit 30 doubles, 8 triples and 7 home runs and added 68 RBI, 3rd most among Rays minor leaguers…stole 25 bases in 33 attempts…led the Biscuits in runs scored (71), stolen bases (25) and doubles (30)…batted .289 (58-for-201) starting July 1 raising his average from .232 to .254.
In his first professional season, played in 92 games with Class-A Charlotte before a promotion to Montgomery…ranked 9th in the Florida State League with a .290 (99-for-341) batting average and was named an FSL midseason All-Star…compiled 25 RBI in 39 games with Montgomery…ranked by Baseball America as the No. 12 prospect in the Rays organization entering 2013