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Mike Zunino | Catcher | #3

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (26) / 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 has been scratched from the Mariners starting lineup on Friday in favor of Carlos Ruiz.
The Mariners are saying there is no health-related issue with Zunino, but haven't announced a reason for the swap. Ruiz, who is hitting .154 (2-for-13) to start the season, will take his hacks against Sean Manaea on Friday. Apr 21 - 7:23 PM

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Mike Zunino struck out all three times he was up Friday against the Rangers.

Zunino had an encouraging spring in which he ended up with more walks (13) than strikeouts (11), but the regular season just isn't so easy. He's currently 6-for-31 with a 12/1 K/BB in nine games.
Apr 15 - 1:31 AM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-4 and hit a solo home run in Thursday's Cactus League victory over the Cubs.

The longball was his third of the spring to go with a .353 batting average. We will need to see a lot more of this before we believe the career .195 hitter has turned a corner. The former Golden Spikes Award winner and third overall pick of the 2012 draft turns just 26 years old in two weeks, so perhaps he will develop into a strong fantasy catcher yet.
Mar 9 - 6:27 PM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, a walk, and two runs scored in Monday’s 9-0 victory over the Rangers in the Cactus League.

Zunino socked a long solo homer off A.J. Griffin in the second inning before plating two more runs on a double one inning later. We know Zunino has the power. He amassed 12 homers in just 192 plate appearances last season, but he batted just .207 while striking out 34 percent of the time. Barring a sudden change in approach, he could be a tough player to balance on fantasy rosters.
Mar 6 - 7:12 PM

Mike Zunino went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.

Zunino swatted his homer -- the first he has hit this spring -- off of Rockies starter Jon Gray in the second inning. He struck out in his other two at-bats. The 25-year-old has bopped double-digit homers in three consecutive seasons, but that is just about the only positive attribute he brings to the table. Zunino is a career .195/.262/.370 hitter at the major league level.
Mar 4 - 6:13 PM

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.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 01:21:00 AM

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.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 12:26:00 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.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 07:07:00 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.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 11:52:00 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.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 12:34:00 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.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 11:11:00 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.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 01:06:00 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.
Wed, Jul 20, 2016 12:19:00 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.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 04:51:00 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.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 02:42:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Carlos Ruiz
1B1Daniel Vogelbach
2Danny Valencia
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Guillermo Heredia
2Taylor Motter
CF1Jarrod Dyson
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Ariel Miranda
7Robert Whalen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Nick Vincent
4Evan Scribner
5Marc Rzepczynski
6James Pazos
7Evan Marshall
8Tony Zych
9Shae Simmons
10Chris Heston