Taken by the Tampa Bay Rays with the 31st pick of the MLB Draft in June, LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook signed with the club late Monday, it was reported on the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Bay Rays websites.
Tampa Bay had until 11 p.m. CDT to get a deal done with the Lafayette native. The Times said the deal was announced moments before the deadline.
The Times’ report also said Mahtook “reportedly received a $1.15 million bonus.”
“Mike is a guy that really fits in with the type of players that we value: guys that can impact the game offensively, defensively and on the bases,” Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman told the Times. “And we feel like he’s going to fit in really well with us going forward.”
Three hours before the deadline, LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri said he had little hope of getting Mahtook back for his senior season.
“I’m not really sitting on pins and needles this year,” Mainieri said. “I’m pretty certain I know who’s going to sign and who’s not, so there’s really not a lot of suspense going into today.”
LSU signee Jake Cave, taken by the Yankees in the sixth round, had not signed entering Monday, but Mainieri said he expected the pitcher-outfielder from Kecoughtan High in Hampton, Va., to sign with New York before the deadline.
No information was available on Cave’s status after the deadline expired.
Mainieri said he received confirmation Monday from Cody Glenn, a 15th round pick by the Toronto Blue Jays, that the left-handed pitcher from Westbury Christian in Houston would be a Tiger this fall.
He said four more LSU signees taken in the draft, Catholic right-hander Aaron Nola, right-hander Nick Goody of State College of Florida, outfielder Arby Fields of Cypress (Calif.) College and Parkway right-hander Carson Baranik, were also expected to begin classes next week rather than sign pro contracts.
The Blue Jays drafted Nola and the Yankees took Goody, both in the 22nd round. Fields was taken by the San Diego Padres in the 27th round and Baranik by the Cincinnati Reds in the 41st.
“Some of the clubs are making some late pushes at these guys, but I think they’re going to stand firm and come to school,” Mainieri said.
LSU already lost shortstop-pitcher Trevor Story from Irving (Texas) High and shortstop Johnny Eierman of Warsaw, (Mo.), High from its incoming signing class.
Story agreed to terms with the Colorado Rockies after being taken in the supplemental first round and Eierman with the Rays after being taken in the third round.
The Tigers also lost junior right-handers Tyler Jones and Matty Ott, who elected to sign pro contracts rather than return for their senior seasons.
Jones signed with the Minnesota Twins (11th round) and Ott (13th round) the Boston Red Sox.
Austin Nola, Aaron’s brother, elected to return for his senior year after being selected by the Blue Jays in the 31st round.
Raph Rhymes and Tyler Hanover are also coming back after being taken in the 40th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates and Yankees, respectively.