White was one of seven players chosen by the Mariners to play in the prestigious league of prospects
OAKLAND — As the 2018 season winds down, Evan White continues to be on a torrid stretch pace at the plate. He’ll get a chance to extend that hot streak against some of the top prospects in baseball in October.
On Thursday, the Arizona Fall League released its roster for its 2018 season. White and seven other Mariners prospects were chosen by the organization to play for the Peoria Javelinas. Daren Brown, the current manager for Class AA Arkansas, will oversee the squad. The league runs from Oct. 9 to Nov. 17.
“I think it’s a good experience for them,” manager Scott Servais said. “It becomes a challenge. They get to extend their season and they get worn down, which is not a bad thing. They need to go through those types of things.”
White, who is rated as the No. 2 overall prospect in the organization, was the Mariners’ “priority selection” of the group — meaning he was still chosen to participate despite not playing at the required Class AA level or above this season. White was Seattle’s first-round pick (No. 17) in the 2017 draft out of Kentucky and this is his first full season in the Mariners system.
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He is in the final days of the season for High-A Modesto, where he’s hitting .296 with a .369 on-base percentage and .450 slugging percentage, 23 doubles, seven triples, 11 homers, 51 walks and 62 RBIs. Over his last 23 games, he’s hitting .356 with a .452 on-base percentage, a .678 slugging percentage, seven doubles, three triples, five homers, 15 walks and 23 RBIs.
“That’s good for him,” Servais said. “It sounds like he’s picked things up lately. That first full season, you kind of find out a lot about guys once they go through the grind of it. He seems to be finishing strong.”
Servais watched White play in several Cactus League games this past spring and came away impressed with his athleticism and defensive ability at first base.
“He’s a good looking player,” Servais said. “You can certainly see why we took him where we did in the draft. Hopefully he can continue to progress because I know the last month has been really good for him.”
- Joe DeCarlo, catcher, Class AA Arkansas
- Chris Mariscal, infielder, Class AA Arkansas
- Ian Miller, outfielder, Class AAA Tacoma
- David McKay, RHP, Class AA Arkansas
- Anthony Misiewicz, LHP, Class AA Arkansas
- Wyatt Mills, RHP, Class AA Arkansas
- Matt Walker, RHP, Class AA Arkansas
Mariners top prospect, outfielder Kyle Lewis, wasn’t chosen. He was on a roster last year, but knee issues forced him out of the AFL. Lewis has played in 81 games this season and will also be participating in the Southern League playoffs with Class AA Arkansas.