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Former LSU star Mikie Mahtook called up to the Majors

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BATON ROUGE,  LA - Former LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook has been called up to the Major Leagues by the Tampa Bay Rays, and he is joining the club in Miami Friday for its series with the Marlins.

Mahtook, a native of Lafayette, La., earned All-Star honors with the Triple-A Durham Bulls last season and was regarded as one of the Rays' top prospects. 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.

As a true freshman outfielder, he was instrumental in LSU's drive to the 2009 College World Series title, providing the game-winning hit in the 11th inning of Game 1 of the CWS Finals versus Texas.

He finished his three-year LSU career with a .344 batting average, and he ranks No. 2 in school annals in triples with 12 and No. 5 in stolen bases with 60.    

Mahtook becomes the eighth former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the big leagues. The others are pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and infielder Matt Clark.

LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 23 of the past 25 seasons. LSU has produced a total of 66 Major Leaguers during its illustrious baseball history.

There are six former LSU players currently in the big leagues, including Mahtook, Furbush (Mariners), LeMahieu (Rockies), Gausman (Orioles), infielder Aaron Hill (Diamondbacks) and pitcher Will Harris (Astros).

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