It was just a short time ago that Evan White was in Lexington putting up numbers and flashing leather for the Kentucky Wildcats. Now he’s made the MLB hot stove news after agreeing to a long-term deal with the Seattle Mariners.
This indicates that the Mariners will be looking to him sooner rather than later to be a key part of their nucleus going forward. It is also historic because it marks the first time that a player in AA has been extended before being called up to MLB.
After being drafted in the first round (17th overall) in the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft, White spent 2017 with the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League. His 2018 season was split three ways between the Tacoma Rainiers, Modesto Nuts and the Peoria Javelinas of the Pacific Coast League, California League and Arizona Fall League respectively.
White’s standout defense has been a staple of his game for years and his overall versatility had Mariners folks scrolling through the record books to come up with a player comparison from an analytics standpoint.
Russell Branyan, that’s a blast from the past, but that’s the elite club that White will join. It will be exciting and interesting to see how his career progresses.
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