Austin Shenton was on a tear at the plate over the last month and a half with the AquaSox. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Austin Shenton was on a tear at the plate over the last month and a half with the AquaSox. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

AquaSox slugger Shenton promoted to Double-A Arkansas

Bellingham H.S. alum Austin Shenton led the High-A West in slugging percentage and extra-base hits.

Everett AquaSox slugger Austin Shenton has been promoted to the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, according to a tweet Friday from the Seattle Mariners’ player development Twitter account.

Shenton, a Bellingham High School alum and 2019 fifth-round MLB draft pick out of Florida International University, batted .295 with 11 home runs, three triples and 24 doubles in 57 games with Everett this season.

Shenton leads the six-team High-A West in slugging percentage (.576), extra-base hits (38) and doubles. The 23-year-old left-handed-hitting third baseman also is tied for second in the league in home runs and is fourth in both batting average and on-base percentage (.418).

Shenton, ranked by MLB.com as the No. 17 prospect in the Mariners’ organization, has been red-hot at the plate over the last month and a half. After batting .239 in May, he hit a combined .331 with the AquaSox in June and July. Over that span, he posted a .684 slugging percentage and totaled 27 extra-base hits in 34 games.

Shenton began his minor league career with Everett in 2019, back when the AquaSox were a Short Season-A team. Over 21 games with Everett that season, he batted .367 with two home runs, one triple and 10 doubles.

Shenton then got promoted in the middle of the 2019 season to Single-A West Virginia, where he spent the rest of the year. In 32 games with West Virginia, he batted .252 with five home runs, one triple and seven doubles.

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