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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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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

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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

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.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 07:55:00 PM

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.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 01:18:00 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.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 11:24:00 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.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 01:20:00 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.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 06:00:00 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.
Mon, Jul 20, 2015 10:23:00 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.
Wed, Jul 15, 2015 10:57:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Mike Zunino
3Steve Clevenger
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
2Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5James Paxton
6Wade LeBlanc
7Adrian Sampson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Edwin Diaz
3Charlie Furbush
4Tony Zych
5Nick Vincent
6Vidal Nuno
7Nate Karns
8Tom Wilhelmsen
9Drew Storen
10David Rollins
11Ryan Cook
12Evan Scribner