Katie Thurston quickly won many Bachelor Nation fans over during her time on Matt James’ Bachelor season after stepping out of the limo holding a glowing purple dildo. And now that she’s the Bachelorette, she’ll be the one to judge who can make as memorable an impression out of the limo as she did on night one.
One of the suitors trying to win Katie’s heart is Mike Planeta, a 31-year-old former baseball player who currently lives in San Diego, California. While it’s unclear if he’ll knock it out of the park and win Katie’s first impression rose, there’s plenty to know about Mike before he starts his journey this season.
Mike grew up in Surprise, Arizona — not too far from where this season of The Bachelorette was filmed in New Mexico. He describes himself as “easygoing, social, goofy and disciplined” and is looking for a woman who loves to laugh and enjoys staying active. Mike doesn’t take himself too seriously and isn’t afraid to own the fact that he’s “occasionally” basic, which is definitely a point in his favor.
Although Mike, whose handle suggests he might also go by Mikey, isn’t the most active on his Instagram page, he regularly shares posts featuring his family — more specifically, his three sisters and four dogs. Family is very important to Mike, as is his Christian faith, and he’s looking for a woman who his parents and sisters “absolutely adore” and who shares his values.
Mike also loves traveling and hopes to one day visit 100 different countries, and his Instagram also features photos of his pre-pandemic travels to places including Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii.
Mike’s Job & Baseball Career
Mike was previously a Minor League Baseball player with the Bluefield Orioles in Virginia and the Delmarva Shorebirds in Maryland. Although many people assume the life of a professional athlete involves lots of dating and hookups, that was never really Mike’s style. According to his ABC bio, he is more of “a one-woman type of guy” who is looking to find love.
Before going semi-pro in baseball, Mike was a multi-sport athlete — he played baseball, basketball, and football in high school, and then played college basketball while attending Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. But he’s been keeping plenty busy since ending his baseball career. Currently, Mike owns and operates a gym for high school athletes.