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Mike Zunino | Catcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Florida
Contract: view contract details

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Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said that Chris Iannetta will serve as the club's "primary catcher" in 2016.
That would seem to indicate former top prospect Mike Zunino will begin next season back in the minors. Zunino was sent down to Triple-A in late August last year after hitting an embarrassing .174/.230/.300 over 112 games. Some more seasoning for the 24-year-old probably is the right move. Nov 23 - 7:55 PM

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Mariners optioned C Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma.

The demotion is probably long overdue. Zunino has simply been lost at the plate all season, sporting a hideous .174/.230/.300 batting line over 112 games. John Hicks has replaced him on the roster and will share the catching duties with Jesus Sucre for now.
Aug 28 - 1:18 PM

Mike Zunino went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts on Thursday, leaving him with a .174 average after 350 at-bats.

It doesn't seem likely that Zunino will fall below Adam Dunn's .159 average in 2011, but he could finish with the second lowest average (min. 400 at-bats) of anyone in the last 50 years. The next lowest marks were .179s from Rob Deer in 1991 and Dan Uggla in 2013.
Aug 27 - 11:24 PM

Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Zunino cut into the Diamondbacks' 2-0 lead with a solo home run off of Zack Godley in the third inning, registering his first round-tripper in the month of July. He's hitting a meager .181/.240/.319 with 10 home runs and 26 RBI.
Jul 29 - 1:20 AM

Mike Zunino came off the bench to hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the 12th inning during Thursday afternoon's 3-2 win over the Tigers.

Zunino stepped to the plate against Tigers reliever Ian Krol with a runner at first and nobody out in the top of the 12th inning. He promptly untied the game with a run-scoring double, snapping a 2-2 tie and lifting the Mariners to a one-run win. Zunino's got some nice pop in his bat, but power's just about all he has going for him. He's hitting a terrifyingly low .169/.232/.301 with nine homers and 24 RBI on the year.
Jul 23 - 6:00 PM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI single, and a two-run double, but the Mariners dropped Monday's contest to the Tigers.

Zunino gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the second inning with a two-run double. He then broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth with an RBI single. It's only his fourth multi-RBI game and ninth multi-hit game of the season. The catcher carries an abysmal .163/.226/.293 batting line with nine home runs and 23 RBI.
Jul 20 - 10:23 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are "close to trading for a catcher."

Morosi notes that the M's and Braves discussed a deal involving A.J. Pierzynski, but he's not the guy they're going to acquire. Mike Zunino has been arguably the worst-hitting regular in baseball this season with a .160/.223/.292 batting line, so it's no surprise the club is looking for an upgrade.
Jul 15 - 10:57 AM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners starting lineup on Saturday.

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the backstop, being a day game after a night game. Jesus Sucre will draw the start behind the dish and bat ninth against Kendall Graveman and the Athletics.
Jul 4 - 2:10 PM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

It looks like it's simply a day of rest. Jesus Sucre is behind the dish while Zunino rides the pine.
Jun 14 - 11:41 AM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting a breather. Welington Castilo is catching in Zunino's place.
May 31 - 1:14 PM

Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's win against the Rays.

Zunino padded the Mariners' lead to 4-1 with a ninth-inning solo home run off of Brandon Gomes. He hasn't done much at the plate, batting a meager .185/.244/.379 with six home runs and 14 RBI.
May 25 - 10:05 PM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting some rest. Welington Castillo is behind the dish Sunday in Zunino's place.
May 24 - 10:31 AM

Mike Zunino belted a pair of home runs, going 3-for-4 in Tuesday's win versus the Padres.

The Mariners hit six homers on the night, so he wasn't alone in the power surge. His first round-tripper came in the sixth inning, a solo shot that extended the Mariners' lead to 6-0. The next came in the seventh with a runner aboard, making it a 9-3 game. It was a rare productive night for Zunino, who's still only batting .185/.255/.380 with five home runs and 10 RBI.
May 13 - 1:46 AM

Mike Zunino struck out all four times he was up Friday against the Athletics.

Zunino actually went the previous two games without striking out, which was quite a feat. In fact, Wednesday's game was the only one this season in which he's had four at-bats and not struck out. So, even after tonight's setback, this week still probably qualifies as progress.
May 9 - 2:09 AM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Friday.

It's just a day of rest. Jesus Sucre is catching Friday in Zunino's place.
May 1 - 4:04 PM