2021 was supposed to be “the year” for Evan White. The Seattle Mariners first baseman struggled offensively but showed flashes of promise through his advanced metrics. His high hard-hit rate and barrel percentage gave fans hope for his sophomore season.
Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out so well for Evan White. The Seattle Mariners injury bug got around to the 25-year-old and he is going to miss the rest of the season. Although it is unfortunate, it honestly might be the best for him.
Reasons why Evan White’s season-ending surgery might be the best for him and the Seattle Mariners
Did the Seattle Mariners rush Evan White? Did they put too much pressure on him out the gates? Or was he just not ready to make the leat from Double-A to MLB pitching? These are all valid questions and things I ponder to this day.
When watching Evan White offensively, it just seemed like he was lost at times. There is enough pressure on you to perform at the big league level and the uneasiness of fans must have also gotten to the young guy.
With all that being said, I think it is good for the 2020 Gold Glove winner to take a long break. Although it’s not a fun type of break from baseball, I think it could really help Evan White clear his head.
Evan White’s absence also gives other players a great opportunity to play consistently. Ty France was set to be the everyday designated hitter but with White on the injured list, it gives France a chance to play first base often.
White’s absence also opens up opportunities for Jake Bauers, who is someone the Seattle Mariners are taking a chance on. Also with Luis Torrens’ recent offensive resurgence, he may also get reps at first base.
Although there are some good things that might come out of this situation, I am by no means rooting for Evan White’s injury. I am just taking a positive outlook out of the event.
Evan White should be ready for 2022 Spring Training and we wish him a speedy recovery.