LSU’s Mikie Mahtook made headlines as a freshman, when he drove in the game-winning run in Game 1 of the Championship series of the College World Series against Texas, and he has now emerged as one of the top college outfielders in the 2011 draft class.
Mahtook played center-field last season for the Tigers, but is expected to settle into right field as a pro, where his plus power and amazing arm strength should play quite nicely.
Mahtook offers excellent bat speed and really good power potential. And he’s also a superb runner who posted a 4.44 40-yard dash time out of high-school, where he was a two-sport athlete with his shot at numerous college scholarships to play QB or WR.
Instead, he chose baseball, and he hasn’t disappointed.
Last season, he hit .335 for the Tigers, with 19 doubles, four triples, 14 homers and 50 RBI. He also added 22 steals.
This year, he got off to a ridiculously hot start before cooling recently. Even after a mild “thaw,” he’s still hitting .381 with 12 doubles, five triples and 14 home runs. He has scored a team-leading 57 runs and driven in 55.
Mahtook should develop into a solid all-around right fielder who offers good power and excellent speed