Former Kentucky first baseman Evan White has made history.
Today, White agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract with the Seattle Mariners, making him the first Double-A prospect to receive a long-term extension in the history of Major League Baseball. With three club options, the deal can explode to roughly $50 million.
Jim Callis of MLB.com was the first to break the news.
1B prospect Evan White (No. 58 on @MLBPipeline Top 100) is set to sign long-term deal with @Mariners. Guaranteed $24 mil over first six years, also includes three club options. Should be announced Monday. White hit .293/.350/.488 in Double-A this year, also outstanding defender.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) November 22, 2019
The Mariners selected White with the No. 17 pick of the 2017 MLB Draft, with the former Wildcat managing a .293 average, 18 home runs, and 55 RBI in 92 games at the Double-A level (Arkansas Travelers) last season. He also earned a spot in the All-Star Futures Game.
In short, not only did the Mariners agree to this deal before White took a single swing in the major league, they did it after seeing him in just four outings at the Triple-A level.
White is expected to battle with Daniel Vogelbach for the starting job at first base at the MLB level in the 2020 season.
In three years at Kentucky, White managed a .356 (.373 as a junior) average to go with 17 career home runs and 109 RBI.