Mahtook Inks With Rays

LSU lost Mikie Mahtook and top recruit Jake Cave who signed with the Yankees.

Baton Rouge – LSU centerfielder Mikie Mahtook went right up to deadline before signing with the Tampa Bay Rays late Monday night, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

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Mahtook, who played three seasons at LSU, reportedly received a $1.15 million signing bonus.

LSU lost its third recruit when lefthanded pitcher/outfielder Jake Cave signed with the Yankees Monday. Infielder Johnny Eirman and pitcher Trevor Storey had signed previously.

Tiger recruits RHP Nick Goody (22nd round, Yankees), LHP Cody Glenn (15th round, Blue Jays) and RHP Carson Baranik (41st round, Cincinnati) resisted late offers and will report to school.

The Rays signed their last four remaining draft picks late Monday after having 12 of the top 89 choices in the June Major League Baseball first year player draft.

Mahtook was the 31st player taken in the draft and the second of two first-round picks by the Rays. The other was Taylor Guerrieri, a righthanded pitcher out of high school, who was the 24th overall selection and had a scholarship offer from South Carolina.

Mahtook had a strong junior season for the Tigers. He belted 14 homers in the first year of the dead-bat era, while batting .383 with 56 RBI, 61 runs scored and 29 steals, leading LSU in all of those categories.

Tampa Bay used the 31st overall pick last year to sign high school catcher Justin O’Connor for a $1.02 million bonus.

Tampa also signed No. 41 pick infielder Tyler Goeddel, who has an offer from UCLA, and No. 59 pick Grayson Garvin, a lefthanded pitcher from Vanderbilt.

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