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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 finished 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in Monday's game against Detroit.
Zunino cracked a two-run shot off of Alex Wilson in the sixth inning, which proved to be the game winner, and he added a two-run clout off of Francisco Rodriguez in the eighth just for good measure. He has hit safely in seven in a row, and he has amassed eight homers with 26 RBI in just 15 games in the month of June. Jun 20 - 3:41 AM

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Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Sunday.

It's a regular day off for Zunino, who has already slugged six homers in June. Carlos Ruiz will catch.
Jun 18 - 12:35 PM

Mike Zunino cracked a three-run home run off Martin Perez of the Rangers in Saturday's loss in Texas.

It was Zunino's only hit in four trips to the plate and he struck out two times. The stat line is a microcosm of the backstop's fantasy value. He has a little bit of pop, but he strikes out a lot and doesn't hit for a great average. Zunino's 10 doubles, seven homers and 26 RBI are nice in 149 at-bats, but he also is up to 64 strikeouts while slashing .248/.311/.456.
Jun 17 - 10:44 PM

Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer Wednesday as the Mariners topped the Twins 6-4.

Zunino has gone 6-for-13 with two homers and a double in the first three games of the series versus Minnesota. He's driven in 19 runs in 12 games this month. He entered June with four RBI in 32 games.
Jun 15 - 12:33 AM

Mike Zunino went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI against the Twins on Monday.

Zunino has seven three-hit games since debuting in 2013, and two of them have come this month; he went 3-for-4 with a grand slam and seven RBI on June 3. He's batting .311 with five homers and 17 RBI in 18 games since being recalled from Triple-A. He has, however, fanned 28 times in those 18 games, which is good reason to believe the inflated average won't last.
Jun 12 - 11:46 PM

Mike Zunino's second homer of the game was a walkoff shot with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mariners a 6-5 win over the Twins on Wednesday.

Zunino previously had a solo homer in the third and a walk. His homer in the ninth off Brandon Kintzler was the first walk-off blast of his career. He's driven in 14 runs in his last six games after totaling three RBI in his first 31.
Jun 8 - 1:47 AM

Mike Zunino finished 3-for-4 with a grand slam and a career-high seven RBI in Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

Zunino, who was banished to Triple-A Tacoma briefly back in May, entered with just five RBI across 103 at-bats before Saturday's outburst. He'll need to pick up the pace offensively and produce steadily before he can be trusted again outside of the deepest of fantasy formats.
Jun 4 - 3:24 AM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI versus the Rockies in Wednesday's win.

Zunino went 1-for-16 with 10 strikeouts in his first five games back in the majors, but he's now turned in three straight two-hit games against the Rockies, raising his average from .148 to .190.
Jun 1 - 1:35 AM

Mariners recalled C Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma.

Zunino was sent down earlier this month after hitting just .167/.250/.236 with no homers and a 30/6 K/BB ratio, but he's earned another shot after batting .293/.356/.707 with five homers in 12 games at Tacoma. He'll go back to seeing the lion's share of starts at catcher for the Mariners and remains an intriguing power bat, but obviously he's far from a safe bet.
May 22 - 5:03 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Thursday that he expects Mike Zunino back in the majors "in a short amount of time."

Zunino was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma two weeks ago after hitting just .167/.250/.236 with no homers and a 30/6 K/BB ratio. He's hit an underwhelming .222/.323/.481 at Tacoma, but with Carlos Ruiz (.119/.255/.167) and Tuffy Gosewisch (.048/.091/.048) performing so poorly the M's could give Zunino another shot soon. Zunino remains an intriguing power bat at catcher, but obviously it's hard to trust him for fantasy purposes at this point.
May 19 - 10:43 AM

Mariners optioned C Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma.

The move comes as a bit of a surprise, despite the fact that Zunino is hitting just .167/.250/.236 with no homers and a 30/6 K/BB ratio. Zunino turned his season around after a similar demotion in 2016, returning to finish the season strong, so perhaps the M's are looking for him to replicate that magic. Tuffy Gosewisch has been recalled from Triple-A and will share time behind the plate with Carlos Ruiz.
May 5 - 8:38 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Carlos Ruiz
1B1Danny Valencia
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Taylor Motter
3Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Ben Gamel
2Guillermo Heredia
CF1Jarrod Dyson
RF1Mitch Haniger
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Ariel Miranda
7Sam Gaviglio
8Ryan Weber
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Nick Vincent
4Evan Scribner
5Marc Rzepczynski
6James Pazos
7Tony Zych
8Daniel Altavilla
9Max Povse
10Shae Simmons
11Evan Marshall