The Mariners and first base prospect Evan White are in agreement on a six-year, $24MM contract that contains three club options, Robert Murray reports (via Twitter). The contract, which can max out at $55.5MM if the options are exercised, locks up a key piece of the Mariners’ future before he even sets foot in the Majors.
White, the No. 17 overall pick in the 2017 draft, spent the 2019 campaign with Double-A Arkansas, where he hit .293/.350/.488 with 18 home runs in 400 plate appearances. Those numbers were particularly impressive in a pitcher-friendly setting, evidenced by White’s robust 132 wRC+ (indicating that he was 32 percent better at the plate than the average hitter in the Texas League). He’s also regarded as a superlative defensive first baseman, with scouting reports at FanGraphs and MLB.com pegging him as a 70-grade defender. White currently ranks in the game’s top 100 overall prospects at MLB.com (No. 58), Baseball America (No. 73) and FanGraphs (No. 77).
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