Evan White Major Contract Extension


Steven Moore, Sports Statistician

The Seattle Mariners agreed with first-base prospect Evan White on a six-year, $24 million contract with three club options. This is the largest long-term extension ever received by a player at the Double-A level in the history of Minor League Baseball (MiLB). White is a highly touted prospect from the 2017 draft class out of the University of Kentucky. The Mariners drafted him with their seventeenth selection in the first round of the draft that year. He ranks fifth in Kentucky history in batting average (.355) and is tied for fourth in hits (233). As a junior at Kentucky, White earned second-team AllAmerican honors from Baseball America after hitting .373 with 10 home runs, 41 runs batted in (RBIs), and 48 runs scored in 53 games. He ranked third in the SEC in batting average, and second in the league in doubles with 24. More recently, in the 2019 season he played for the Double-A affiliate of the Mariners (Arkansas Travelers) and he racked up 107 hits, 18 home runs, and 55 RBIs in 92 games. The Mariners have faith that 23-year old Evan White will carry on his success to the Major Leagues and compete against the best of the best in the near future.