The Mikie Mahtook Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and prevention of heart disease, as well as other charitable causes. The Foundation was established in 2014 by professional baseball player and LSU College World Series Champion Mikie Mahtook in honor of his father Michael, who died of heart disease at the age of 32 when Mikie was just four years old.
WATCH: Mikie visits elementary schools to promote heart health as part of the Mikie Mahtook Foundation's partnership with Eat Move Grow.
Drafted out of Louisiana State University in the first round (2011) ... earned a starting spot with the Tigers midway through the 2009 season and helped LSU win the College World Series championship that year … his late father, Mike Mahtook, and his uncle, Robbie Mahtook, played football at LSU ... participated in the Rays Winter Development Program at Tropicana Field prior to the 2013 season … just out of high school, was selected by the Marlins in the 39th round of the 2008 MLB June Draft, but did not sign.
On April 15, 2015, Mikie hit a two run home run for his first major league hit ... just the sixth player in Rays history to homer for his first MLB hit ... finished the 2015 season batting .295 with nine home runs, 19 RBI and 22 runs scored ... enjoyed the best season of his three-year minor league career in 2014 ... was named MVP of Triple-A Durham after leading the club in avg. (.292), hits (143), triples (6), RBI (68, which led Rays farmhands) total bases (228), SLG (.458), OBP (362) and SB (18) ... ranked 5th in the International League in hits and 4th in total bases (224) ... started 71 games in CF, 38 in RF and 18 in LF ... was one of only three IL players with a dozen or more steals and homers ... had 11 straight hits (and a walk) over 3 games, April 13-15, all on the road ... named the Rays Minor League Player of the Month for May, after batting .351 (33-for-94) with 15 2B, 2 HR, 19 RBI and 9 runs ... named to the IL's midseason All-Star Team ... on January 18, 2017, the Rays traded Mahtook to the Detroit Tigers ... Mahtook appeared in 109 games for the 2017 Tigers ... he hit .276 with 12 home runs, 38 RBI, 15 doubles, six stolen bases and a team-high six triples, while scoring 50 runs.