Evan White is on the board as an MLB player.
This evening, former Kentucky baseball star Evan White hit his first career home run as a Seattle Mariner in just his fourth game in the majors.
Traveling 418 feet to left-center field with an exit velocity of 106.5 mph, White’s debut homer was an absolute rocket.
Take a look:
Evan White's first career homer left the park in a hurry. ?
Exit velocity: 106.5 mph
Distance: 418 feet pic.twitter.com/p9uSLlk7Fo
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 28, 2020
White’s homer comes just three days after his major league debut, which the former Wildcat was able to celebrate with his family, albeit virtually.
While his parents and siblings couldn’t be there in person, they did send him a tear-jerking video to celebrate his big day:
Even though they couldn’t be there for his debut, this moment was everything for Evan White’s family. ? pic.twitter.com/MBEwpwcOgK
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 25, 2020
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.
Following his success in the minors, the team decided to sign him to a six-year, $24 million deal last November to stay in Seattle.
In three years at Kentucky, White managed a .356 (.373 as a junior) average to go with 17 career home runs and 109 RBI.