LSU's Mahtook selected No. 31 overall by Tampa Bay in MLB Draft

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

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