One of the best Bat Cats to ever grace the UK Baseball diamond is now showing off his stuff at the Major League level.
The 17th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, Friday night Evan White finally made his big league debut for the Seattle Mariners. Known as a defensive specialist at first base, he recorded his first hit by showing off his wheels and running out an infield single.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 25, 2020
Batting second, White finished 1-for-4 in the Mariners’ 8-2 season-opening loss to the Houston Astros.
Prior to the start of the game, White received this message from his loved ones that couldn’t be there to watch him play.
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
This offseason White became just the fourth player to ever sign a contract extension prior to his MLB debut. The six-year contract is worth more than $24 million. Mariners’ broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith believes Seattle got a steal in that deal because of White could become if his bat can catch up with his incredible glove.
“I don’t want to over-bill somebody, but he’s elite at first base,” Goldsmith said. “Depending on your age and how much baseball you’ve watched, there’s a chance he’s the very best defensive first baseman you’ve ever seen – right now. I think there’s a chance – I almost feel conservative saying this – right now he’s a top three defensive first baseman in the big leagues. I mean, that’s what we’re talking about.”
As a Wildcat White propelled Kentucky to their first Super Regional appearance in 2017. An All-SEC and All-American performer, he also won two Gold Glove awards at UK.