Former Wildcat named Mariners' top minor league player

Seattle (WKYT) - Evan White, the former UK all-America first baseman, has been named the Mariners Minor League Player of the Year, MLB Pipeline announced on Thursday.

White, who earned a 2018 Minor League Rawlings Gold Glove Award, hit .303 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI for Advanced-A Modesto this past season. Over his final 25 games, White hit .394 with 10 doubles, three triples, five homers and 26 RBI.

"There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the season. I started off a little slower than I would have liked," said White, who had to make the jump from Class A Short-Season Everett in 2018. "But the big thing they said to me at the beginning of the year was to finish strong no matter what. So that was something I had in mind. We finished the year on a high note as a group, which was exciting to see."

White is one of eight Mariners currently playing in the Arizona Fall League. He played four games for Triple-A Tacoma, batting .222 (4-18) with a pair of doubles.

White committed just four errors in 124 games, posting a .996 fielding percentage in 972 total chances. The 22-year-old was both a midseason and postseason All-Star selection in the California League.

White is the first Seattle farmhand to win a Gold Glove since it was reinstituted in 2011. White was a two-time Gold Glove winner at Kentucky.

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