BATON ROUGE - LSU junior outfielder Mikie Mahtook was selected Monday night by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.
Mahtook, a semifinalist for the 2011 Golden Spikes Award, is the 15th LSU baseball player to be chosen in the first round of the MLB Draft. LSU has produced 12 first-round picks since 1989, when pitcher Ben McDonald was the first overall selection by the Baltimore Orioles.
Mahtook, a native of Lafayette, La., was a 2011 first-team all-SEC selection, and he completed the regular season as the conference 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 has a .344 lifetime batting average at LSU, and he ranks No. 2 in school career annals in triples with 12 and No. 5 in stolen bases with 60.
He batted .441 (26-for-59) in the final 15 games of the 2011 season with four doubles, two triples, four homers, 18 RBI, 19 runs and eight steals.
His consecutive games reached-base streak is currently at 70 - he reached base safely in all 56 games this season and in the final 14 games of 2010.
The first round and the compensatory round of the MLB Draft will be completed Monday night. The draft continues at 11 a.m. CT Tuesday with Rounds 2-30 and concludes with Rounds 31-50 beginning at 11 a.m. CT Wednesday.
Mahtook Gives LSU Third-Straight Year with First-Rounder
The selection of outfielder Mikie Mahtook Monday night by the Tampa Bay Rays marks the third straight season an LSU player has been chosen in the first round of the MLB Draft.
Mahtook, selected by the Rays as the 31st overall pick in the draft, joined outfielder Jared Mitchell and pitcher Anthony Ranaudo as LSU's first-round choices over the past three years.
Mitchell was the 23rd overall choice by the Chicago White Sox in 2009, and Ranaudo was the 39th overall selection by the Boston Red Sox in 2010.
All three players saw their draft stocks rise significantly during their LSU careers under coach Paul Mainieri.
Mahtook was a 39th round selection out of high school by the Florida Marlins, Ranaudo was an 11th-round pick out of high school by the Texas Rangers, and Mitchell was a 10th-round choice out of high school by the Minnesota Twins.
LSU's First-Round Draft Picks (since 1989)
Year (Pick) - Name, Pos., Team
2011 (31) - Mikie Mahtook, OF, Tampa Bay Rays
2010 (39*) - Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Boston Red Sox
2009 (23) - Jared Mitchell, OF, Chicago White Sox
2003 (13) - Aaron Hill, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
2001 (19) - Mike Fontenot, 2B, Baltimore Orioles
2001 (41*) - Todd Linden, OF, San Francisco Giants
1999 (24) - Kurt Ainsworth, RHP, San Francisco Giants
1997 (14) - Brandon Larson, SS, Cincinnati Reds
1994 (8) - Todd Walker, 2B, Minnesota Twins
1994 (30*) - Russ Johnson, SS, Houston Astros
1992 (16) - Rick Greene, RHP, Detroit Tigers
1989 (1) - Ben McDonald, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
* Supplemental First-Round Selection
2011 MLB First-round Selections
No. Team Player
1 PIT RHP Gerrit Cole
2 SEA LHP Danny Hultzen
3 ARI RHP Trevor Bauer
4 BAL RHP Dylan Bundy
5 KC OF Bubba Starling
6 WAS 3B Anthony Rendon
7 ARI RHP Archie Bradley
8 CLE SS Francisco Lindor
9 CHC SS Javier Baez
10 SD 2B Cory Spangenberg
11 HOU OF George Springer
12 MIL RHP Taylor Jungmann
13 NYM OF Brandon Nimmo
14 FLA RHP Jose Fernandez
15 MIL LHP Jed Bradley
16 LAD LHP Chris Reed
17 LAA 1B C.J. Cron
18 OAK RHP Sonny Gray
19 BOS RHP Matt Barnes
20 COL LHP Tyler Anderson
21 TOR RHP Tyler Beede
22 STL 2B Kolten Wong
23 WAS RHP Alex Meyer
24 TB RHP Taylor Guerrieri
25 SD RHP Joe Ross
26 BOS C Blake Swihart
27 CIN RHP Robert Stephenson
28 ATL LHP Sean Gilmartin
29 SF SS Joe Panik
30 MIN SS Levi Michael
31 TB OF Mikie Mahtook
32 TB SS Jake Hager
33 TEX LHP Kevin Matthews