White will sign a long-term major-league deal with the Mariners on Monday, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports. White will become the latest in a small run of players to receive a major-league contract before making their major-league debut. Typically, such a move is made so that the player can be on the Opening Day roster without service-time considerations taking precedence over on-field performance. White spent the entirety of the 2019 season with Double-A Arkansas but could conceivably have been ready to debut, as he hit .293/.350/.488 with 18 homers in 92 games. Whether he cracks the 25-man roster right away or not, the Mariners are risking very little, as they are reportedly guaranteeing the first baseman just $24 million over six years while securing three additional club options.
White went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer and three strikeouts in Double-A Arkansas' win over Springfield on Thursday. White was shelved for a brief stretch due to an injury, the nature of which was never disclosed. Regardless, he turned the page in a hurry, and the 23-year-old continues to flirt with an ISO near .200 for Arkansas. White could stand to improve his walk rate, but even with that lack of patience, he's still passed the Double-A test (125 wRC+). There's still time for him to potentially move up to Triple-A before the season's out.
White was scratched from Monday's lineup at Double-A Arkansas due to an unspecified injury, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. White won't take the field Monday evening, but per Drayer, the prospect is expected to be fine. He's been seeing the ball well at Double-A this season, slashing .291/.342/.484 with 13 homers and 42 RBI over 71 games.
White was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game on Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The promising first baseman just saw his 23-game hitting streak snapped Friday against Tulsa, but the invite to the July 7 game underscores how strong a campaign he's enjoyed overall at Double-A Arkansas. White is slashing .296/.357/.476 with 17 extra-base hits (six doubles, two triples, nine home runs) and 27 RBI across 52 games in his first season at his current level. White is one of three Mariners prospects selected to represent the organization, with Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn also set to join him.
White is slashing .380/.421/.704 with a double, two triples, six home runs, 14 RBI and 20 runs over his current 17-game hitting streak at Double-A Arkansas, per the Mariners' official minor-league Twitter account. White had gotten off to a hot start with the Travelers before a hip flexor issue landed him on the minor-league injured list in April. He struggled initially upon returning, but his current tear has boosted his season line to a rock-solid .293/.364/.483. Those numbers serve as an extension of the success White has enjoyed at each professional stop thus far, and if he's able to maintain them, a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma before season's end presumably isn't out of the question.
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