Mahtook called up, makes first start for Rays

Former LSU great Mikie Mahtook earned a recent call up to the big leagues from the AAA Durham Bulls, even getting his first career start on Tuesday. TSD caught up with a Bulls reporter to get the latest scoop on Mathook's path.

Mikie Mahtook, one of the best players in LSU baseball history, got his second call up to the big show on Monday when the Tampa Bay Rays brought Mathook in from their AAA affiliate, the Durham Bulls.

A former first-round pick by the Rays in 2011, Mahtook then earned the first start of his career Tuesday night in Anaheim. He started in centerfield and batted eighth, going 0-for-3 on the night, in a 6-1 Rays win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Mahtook was a 2011 first-team All-American at LSU, helped lead the Tigers to the 2009 national championship and for his collegiate career boasted a robust .344 average.

Yesterday, on "Bumper to Bumper Sports" on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette, TSD's Ben Love tracked down Rob McLamb, who covers the Durham Bulls for Durham Herald-Sun, to get the latest on Mathook's path up to the big leagues.

Listen below as McLamb discusses Mathook's only other call up - earlier this season in a stint that lasted four games - as well as what he has to do to stay up longer this time around and the competition in the Rays' outfield.

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