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Mike Zunino | Catcher | #3

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Florida
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (3) / SEA
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Mike Zunino rocked a go-ahead solo home run in the seventh inning of Thursday's win over the A's.
Zunino mashed a solo home run off Liam Hendriks to lead off the seventh inning. That tater snapped a 1-1 tie and after a few tense moments in the ninth, the M's ultimately survived for a 3-2 victory. The 25-year-old backstop has always possessed a nice power stroke -- his homer on Thursday was his 12th of the season -- but is hitting just .217 for the campaign as a whole. Sep 30 - 1:21 AM

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Mike Zunino went 0-for-5 and struck out three times against the Astros.

Zunino turned the corner a few months ago. Then he turned another corner in August, and now he's practically right back where he was last year at this time; he's in a 10-for-75 slump that's dropped his average from .280 to .207 and his OPS from 1.102 to .785. Granted, no one ever thought he'd last with the 1.100 OPS. Still, we were hoping we'd seen the last of these horrendous slumps.
Sep 27 - 12:26 AM

Mike Zunino clobbered a two-run homer on Sunday, powering the Mariners to a 3-2 victory over the Athletics.

His two run shot off of Raul Alcantara opened the game's scoring in the second inning. Zunino also doubled in the ballgame, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 to raise his season slash to .229/.348/.559 to go along with 11 homers and 26 RBI.
Sep 11 - 7:07 PM

Mike Zunino went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts Friday against the White Sox.

Zunino has back-to-back two-strikeout games and has seen his batting average fall from .282 to .247 over his last five games. Strikeouts are likely always going to be a part of his game, but it’s just a matter of whether he can keep them to a reasonable level. We know the power is there, but his improved patience has been a nice surprise.
Aug 26 - 11:52 PM

Mike Zunino smoked a solo home run and added a two-run double to help defeat the Brewers on Saturday.

Zunino is having an eye-opening return to the majors. He was awful the last three seasons in the majors before being banished to the minors this year. He hit well at Triple-A and has been called up and demoted a few times this year. He has hit very well the last several weeks and is likely here to stay. Zunino is batting .282 this year after having a .193 career average prior to this season. He has eight home runs in just 71 at-bats this year.
Aug 21 - 12:34 AM

Mike Zunino has started 10 out of the last 13 games at catcher for the Mariners.

Manager Scott Servais essentially confirmed what has become obvious over the last two weeks: Zunino has wrestled away the starting catcher job from Chris Iannetta. "We’re going to give Mike a chance to play," Servais said. "This year is about Mike Zunino and putting him in a good spot. Keeping him going. We’ve got to find out what we’ve got." Zunino sports a .263/.391/.737 batting line with five homers over 38 at-bats this season. He's worth owning in two-catcher leagues where he's still available.
Aug 5 - 11:11 AM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 and launched his fifth homer Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Zunino has five homers, five runs scored and seven RBI in 35 at-bats. He's looking like an upgrade over Chris Iannetta both offensively and defensively right now.
Aug 4 - 1:06 AM

Mariners recalled C Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma.

Zunino had two homers in seven at-bats during his last stay in the majors. He's been excellent this season at the Triple-A level, slashing .286/.376/.521 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI in 79 games. The former top prospect has the ability to steal playing time from Chris Iannetta, but it will probably be a timeshare out of the gate.
Jul 20 - 12:19 PM

Mariners optioned C Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma.

Zunino is just 2-for-7 with the big league club this season -- both hits went for home runs against the Orioles on July 3. While he has always had a nice bit of pop in the bat, he owns a career triple-slash of .193/.253/.358 at the major league level. In conjunction with Zunino's demotion, Jesus Sucre was activated off the disabled list to take up backup catching duties behind Chris Iannetta.
Jul 6 - 4:51 PM

Mike Zunino hit two home runs in his first game of the season, leading the Mariners to a 12-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday.

Recently recalled from the minors to serve as the backup to Mariners' catcher Chris Iannetta, Zunino was playing in his first game of the season. What a way to re-acquaint himself with the big leagues. The former third overall pick of the 2012 draft was a major disappointment in his first three major league seasons, largely due to huge strikeout rates. The 25-year-old was hitting .282 with 15 home runs at Triple-A at the time of his call-up.
Jul 3 - 2:42 AM

Mariners recalled C Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma.

He's filling in for Steve Clevenger, who is out indefinitely with a broken hand. Zunino began this year in the minor leagues after hitting just .174 with 132 strikeouts in 350 at-bats for the Mariners last season. He's posted some impressive numbers at Triple-A this year but that certainly doesn't guarantee success at the major league level.
Jun 30 - 6:34 PM

Mike Zunino will be called up from Triple-A Tacoma ahead of Thursday's game against the Orioles.

He'll replace Steve Clevenger, who broke a bone in his right hand during Wednesday night's contest. Zunino has had a productive year in the minors, hitting .282 with 15 HR and 52 RBI in 69 games for Tacoma. He'll serve as the backup for starter Chris Iannetta.
Jun 30 - 4:44 PM

Mike Zunino has homered in five straight games with Triple-A Tacoma.

Zunino went deep twice on Monday and is now up to six homers on the year to go along with a .447/.450/1.000 batting line over nine games. He also has six strikeouts against one walk. The 25-year-old has hit just .193/.252/.353 in the majors while striking out in 32.1 percent of his plate appearances, but the Mariners haven't given up on him. However, a quick return to the majors isn't expected, especially with Chris Iannetta off to a nice start.
Apr 19 - 9:41 AM

Mariners optioned C Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma.

Zunino had three hits in 19 at-bats this spring. The former top prospect will work on his swing at Tacoma for a while after last year's disastrous season.
Mar 18 - 12:12 PM

Mike Zunino went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Friday’s Cactus League loss to the Brewers.

New Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto brought in Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger to share catching duties in 2016, so Zunino is Triple-A bound to begin the year. He doesn’t turn 25 until later this month, so this doesn’t mean that they consider him a lost cause, but he has some real work to do offensively. Zunino owns a .193/.252/.353 batting line through 1,055 plate appearances in the majors.
Mar 4 - 5:42 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Carlos Ruiz
3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Baron
1B1Daniel Vogelbach
2Danny Valencia
3D.J. Peterson
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
2Richie Shaffer
LF1Seth Smith
2Mike Freeman
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Ben Gamel
2Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Ariel Miranda
5Robert Whalen
6Chris Heston
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Nick Vincent
5Evan Scribner
6Nate Karns
7Arquimedes Caminero
8Daniel Altavilla
9Casey Fien
10James Pazos
11Thyago Vieira
12Cody Martin
13Paul Fry
14Micah Owings