SEATTLE, Wash. — Seattle Mariners Director of Amateur Scouting Scott Hunter announced today that the club has
signed its top selection, first baseman Evan White, from last week’s Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.
In all, 26 of the Mariners 40 draft picks have signed contracts and will report to Peoria, Arizona for a mini-camp beginning today prior to being assigned to teams.
The 26 signings include 11 of the top 12 selections and 13 of the top 20.
All Major League teams have until July 7, 2017 (2 pm PT) to sign drafted players with remaining college eligibility.
White, 21, is a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist and was named 2nd-Team All-SEC and was selected All-SEC Defensive Team at 1st base. He was named 2nd-Team Preseason All-America by both Collegiate Baseball and PerfectGame.org, as well as 3rd -Team Preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and D1 Baseball.
White will travel to Seattle after the mini-camp and prior to joining the Everett AquaSox and be available to meet with the media. Details on timing will be announced next week.
During his recently-completed junior season at the University of Kentucky, he hit .373 (79×212) with 48 runs, 24 doubles, 1 triple, 10 home runs, 41 RBI and 25 walks with a .453 on-base percentage and a .637 slugging mark in 53 games (52 starts). The 6-for-3, 205-pound infielder spent last summer as a member of USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team where he started 15 of the team’s 19 games, primarily at first base with spot starts in the outfield.
In three seasons with the Wildcats, he hit .356 (233×655) with 119 runs, 51 doubles, 5 triples, 17 home runs, 109 RBI, a .414 on-base percentage and a .527 slugging mark in 159 games. After his sophomore season, he was named to the 2016 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, earned a Rawlings Gold Glove (1B), was 2nd-Team All-SEC (1B) and All-SEC Defensive Team (1B). He also earned 2 SEC Player of the Week honors in 2016 (3/7/16 and 3/28/16).
Prior to his time at Kentucky, he was the All-Ohio Baseball Player of the Year after setting school records for hits in a season (50), career doubles and RBI. He was rated the 13th best Ohio prospect available in the 2014 MLB Draft at the completion of his playing career at Gahanna Lincoln High School. He earned 1st-team All-State, All-Region and All-District honors as a junior and senior and all-district and all-conference honors as a sophomore and honorable mention accolades as a freshman. He led team to the regional championship as a junior and senior and three district championships overall.
The Mariners selected 23 pitchers (including 8 left-handers), 3 catchers, 9 infielders (2 1B, 5 SS, 2 3B) and 5 outfielders. Seattle selected 32 college players and 8 high school players.
Here is a look at the Mariners 2017 Draft selections (Bold Italics with asterisk* indicates signed players):
|1*||17||Evan White||1B||R-L||6-3||205||04/26/96||University of Kentucky||Gahanna, OH|
|2||55||Sam Carlson||RHP||R-R||6-4||208||12/03/98||Burnsville High School||Savage, MN|
|3*||93||Wyatt Mills||RHP||R-R||6-3||175||01/25/95||Gonzaga University||Spokane, WA|
|4*||123||Seth Elledge||RHP||R-R||6-2||238||05/20/96||Dallas Baptist University||Frisco, TX|
|5*||153||David Banuelos||C||R-R||6-0||205||10/01/96||Long Beach State University||Ontario, CA|
|6*||183||Oliver Jaskie||LHP||L-L||6-3||210||11/17/95||University of Michigan||Ada, MI|
|7*||213||Max Roberts||LHP||L-L||6-5||160||07/23/97||Wabash Valley College||Valparaiso, IN|
|8*||243||Billy Cooke||CF||R-R||5-10||175||09/26/95||Coastal Carolina University||Maitland, FL|
|9*||273||Jorge Benitez||LHP||L-L||6-3||160||06/02/99||Leadership Christian Academy||Levittown, Puerto Rico|
|10*||303||Randy Bell||RHP||R-R||5-10||190||02/11/95||University of South Alabama||Woodville, MS|
|11*||333||JP Sears||LHP||R-L||5-11||180||02/19/96||The Citadel||Sumter, SC|
|12*||363||Darren McCaughan||RHP||R-R||6-1||200||03/18/96||Cal State Long Beach||Downey, CA|
|13||393||Luis Alvarado||RHP||R-R||6-4||180||01/05/97||Nebraska||Salinas, Puerto Rico|
|14||423||Trevor Casanova||C||L-R||6-0||200||06/22/96||El Camino College||Corona, CA|
|15||453||Tommy Romero||RHP||L-R||6-2||225||07/08/97||Eastern Florida State College||Ft. Lauderdale, FL|
|16||483||Orlando Razo||LHP||L-L||5-11||185||07/07/95||UC Davis||San Mateo, CA|
|17||513||Jamal Wade||RHP||R-R||6-0||205||02/08/96||Maryland||Owings Mills, MD|
|18||543||Myles Christian||CF||L-R||6-2||180||02/26/98||Olive Branch High School||Olive Branch, MS|
|19*||573||Kevin Santa||SS||L-R||5-10||180||03/09/95||University of Tampa||Yabucoa, Puerto Rico|
|20*||603||Troy Dixon||C||L-R||6-2||205||04/26/95||St. Johns University||Egg Harbor Township, NJ|
|21*||633||Connor Hoover||SS||L-R||5-10||185||07/18/96||University of North Georgia||Appling, GA|