Mariners announce 26 draft signings

11 of top 12 and 26 of 40 draft picks have signed professional contracts.


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, 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
22* 663 Johnny Adams SS R-R 6-0 198 09/02/94

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