Detroit Tigers: Mikie Mahtook is providing excellent value in center field
Heating up at the plate
The former Rays player is batting .333 with a .556 slugging percentage and a .372 wOBA.
He hasn’t drawn a walk in that stretch, but that’s just fine when he’s also turning in a 132 wRC+ and a .222 ISO.
In the last 30 days, Mahtook has mashed a pair of home runs to go along with seven RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base. He’s even provided some value on the base paths with a 0.2 BsR.
In fact, in a lineup littered with sluggers, Mahtook is second in slugging percentage and third in wRC+ in the last 30 days.
The LSU product notched the go-ahead hit on Sunday in San Diego to put an end to Detroit’s eight-game slide.
Mahtook parlayed his hot streak into hitting second on Tuesday in the series opener against Kansas City.
Slotted in between Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton in the lineup, Mahtook delivered with a pair of hits and a run scored in four trips to the plate.
The outfielder also made a standout defensive play, running down a potential extra-base hit by Salvador Perez in the top of the fifth.
Mahtook covered some serious ground in the Comerica Park outfield grass on the play, crashing into the wall after making the catch.