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Former Bat Cat Evan White named Gold Glove award winner

(Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

(Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

It was a historic rookie season for one former Bat Cat.

Seattle Mariners first baseman and one-time Kentucky Wildcat, Evan White, has won his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award. He becomes the first rookie first baseman to win the award since its creation in 1957 and just the 11th rookie ever. 

The 24-year old made his MLB debut back in the middle of July and instantly became a staple of the Seattle franchise. Alongside 25-year old shortstop J.P. Crawford, he and White became the first Mariners duo to both win a Gold Glove in the same season since 2010.

According to the Mariners’ press release, White led the American League with seven defensive runs saved, two more than the second-highest player, and he also led the AL with seven scoops. His .998 fielding percentage was good enough for third-best in the AL.

Big congrats to Evan on what will surely be the first big honor of a lengthy and successful pro career.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

1 Comment for Former Bat Cat Evan White named Gold Glove award winner

  1. UKinIN
    10:59 am November 4, 2020 Permalink

    I read somewhere that this season the GG were just based on defensive metrics. If that’s true, a rookie doesn’t have to worry about being overlooked because of favoritism toward established players.