Evan White – First Base
Another prospect to keep tabs on is 1B Evan White. Currently ranked as the number five first baseman and the M’s number two prospect overall, in the MLB prospect rankings.
He went to the University of Kentucky without much fanfare after going undrafted out of high school. It was in Lexington where he came into his own as a major league prospect. Big and agile, White has a sweet swing at the plate and can hit to all fields, but he also can also pull the ball for added power.
Earlier this year, mlb.com’s Greg Johns made some comparisons that should get Mariners fans excited.
"The Mariners feel the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder has the speed and athleticism to play the outfield, but they like his potential at first base, where he’s drawn early comparisons to John Olerud and Brandon Belt in terms of being a lanky youngster who sprays line drives and handles himself easily at the position."
The former 2017 first-round pick by Seattle is known for being one of the best defensive prospects in baseball and had an excellent season for the Class-A Modesto Nuts in the California League. White, 22 batted .299, with 11 home runs and 65 RBI’s in 70 games for Modesto. He also had a cup of coffee in Triple-A, playing four games in Tacoma.
While currently a first baseman, White has the physical talent to excel at other positions. If Kyle Seager continues to struggle at the plate next season, It’s not hard to imagine the Mariners converting White to play third base and potentially taking over for Seager at the hot corner in the not so distant future.