Planeta: Small time to national spotlight

Most of America who swoon over reality television might find their favorite current show, ‘The Bachelorette’, starting off with some well placed, professional, and successful men. What most may not realize, outside some of the most die hard fans, is one of our very own former Baby Birds has made an appearance and advanced past the opening ceremony!

Of course, to the nation, he is just Mike Planeta. Social media will show that his Instagram account has him listed as @mikeyplaneta, who loves Jesus, family, and dogs, doesn’t like dessert (not sure why that is), and is from Surprise, Arizona, of course. At this time, he does call California his home, so it makes sense that he is a fan of the beach as well.

Outside of the national spotlight, he is just a regular guy, who currently owns a gym for high school athletes in San Diego, and has visited various places, including Israel, Austraila, and Brazil. He was a multi-sport high school athlete, as he played baseball, football, and basketball.

Planeta meets Katie Thurston on Season 17, Episode 1, of ‘The Bachelorette’.
(Photo: ABC)

He is listed as 6’4″ 195 lbs, decent size for a listed left fielder, who was in the Baltimore Orioles farm system for four years before he was released by the Frederick Keys.

Planeta was drafted in the 27th round by the Orioles after one year out of Glendale Junior College and assigned to the Bluefield Orioles to start his career in 2009.

Mike would spend most of his career in the Single-A ladder, but he did make it up to Bowie in 2012. He had little success but was able to make a four-year career in baseball.

Planeta in the Orioles organization.

Planeta finished his career as a .238 hitter, with seven home runs and 116 runs-batted-in, adding 49 stolen bases. After retiring upon his release from the Frederick Keys, Planeta went back to school at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, where he also played basketball.

Prospects don’t always pan out the way many teams hope they will, but it’s rare that they go from the low minor leagues to the national spotlight outside of professional baseball. We always find our favorites and wish for the best, but it’s the small guy who is finding the love today, in more ways than one.

This easy-going, goofy, and disciplined former Baby Bird has a shot at gaining fans on a new side. To our small East Coast world, Mike Planeta will always be another bird in the nest waiting to spread his wings and fly.

What do you think of Mike competing on this season of ‘The Bachelorette’? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to follow The Baltimore Battery on the web and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Spotify! And make sure to use the hashtag #thebaltimorebattery when sharing our content to showcase your Birdland swag!

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