Spring Training cannot get here soon enough. And in a season filled with uncertainty for your Seattle Mariners, there are still going to be a lot of fun things to watch.
Spring Training is a marvelous thing, isn’t it? It almost acts as an etch-a-sketch from the previous years’ team and reminds us that hope springs eternal. The Mariners may be in for a rough season, but there are still numerous storylines and players worth watching.
So today, we give you our initial list of 5 players we will be watching closely in Spring Training. These players may be looking to breakout, maintain their success, or just those looking to prove they are MLB talents.
While I may suggest that if you are headed to Peoria, you head to the backfields to watch some of the younger prospects this spring, our list will consist of players who are MLB ready or close to. No Julio Rodriguez or Jarred Kelenic on this list… yet. With that in mind, let’s begin.
5. Evan White
We have talked about Evan White a lot in the past week. He is a prospect with helium in the industry and that by itself is worth talking about. But White signed his MLB deal this winter and is now widely considered the heavy favorite to be the Opening Day starter.
For most of us, this will be our first extended look at White. We got to see some of him in Spring Training last year, in the MLB All-Star Futures Game, and for the one AA Arkansas playoff game Root Sports televised in the fall. But unless you have an MILB.com subscription, that is probably it.
As the projected starting first baseman, we should get to see plenty of White this spring and get to see the athleticism and defense we have heard so much about. Spring Training stats are pointless, making his offense tough to gauge until the regular season begins.
But it isn’t often the Mariners give a long-term major league contract to a player with no major league experience and with White’s praise pouring in from around the industry, it is difficult to not be intrigued.