The Seattle Mariners took Kentucky first baseman Evan White as the No. 17 overall pick in Monday’s Major League Baseball Draft.
White, who had another breakout season for the Cats despite an early-season injury, hit .373 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI.
The 6-foot-3 junior out of Gahanna, Ohio, helped lead Kentucky to its first-ever NCAA super regional appearance this season.
He earned second-team All-America honors by Baseball America and third-team All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball and was also on the SEC All-Defensive Team.
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His 24 doubles were the second most in a single season in team history and his 233 career hits are tied for fourth on UK’s all-time list.
Mariners scouting director Scott Hunter called White a “unique talent” with a chance to be a Gold Glove-level first baseman, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reported on Twitter Monday night.
Hunter said White would be in Seattle for a physical on Friday and will likely begin his professional career with the Everett AquaSox, Seattle’s Short-A affiliate.
“We’re very excited to add Evan White to the organization. His addition will give us another athletic player whose character and baseball acumen will allow him to have success. He understands and values what the Seattle Mariners are all about, both on and off the field,” Hunter said in a statement released through the team.