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Former Wildcat to compete in 2019 MLB Futures Game

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Former UK standout Evan White will be heading to Cleveland, Ohio soon for the 2019 MLB Futures Game. White, along with 49 other top MLB prospects, will gather at Progressive Field on July 7 to showcase their skills as a part of the MLB All-Star Weekend.

White is the #5 prospect in the Seattle Mariners organization and currently serves as the first-baseman for Seattle’s AA affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers.

After a breakout 2018 season in High-A that saw him bat .303 and receive a Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove award, White was promoted to Arkansas.

So far, successful results have translated. For the season, White is batting .300 with 63 hits, 43 runs scored and 27 runs batted in. White went on a month-long tear where he batted .374, posting a 23-game hitting streak that included 37 hits and seven homers.

White will be among the first group of players to experience a new format the MLB has chosen for the Futures Game. Instead of pitting a U.S. team against a World team, the contest will reflect the MLB All-Star Game as a National League versus American League affair. Additionally, the game will be shortened to 7 innings.

White’s impressive play has helped him move quickly through the minors and allowed him a chance to shine in the national spotlight on MLB All-Star weekend. He is still a ways out from the majors, but the Futures Game is a great place to get some attention.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m on Sunday, July 7. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network.

Article written by Ty Schadt