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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
Contract: view contract details

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Mariners and C Mike Zunino avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.975 million contract.
Zunino broke out with an .840 OPS and 25 home runs in 124 games last season with Seattle. This was the first time through salary arbitration for the 26-year-old backstop, who earned $570,000 in 2017. He'll carry a good amount of fantasy upside into 2018 given the lack of high-level power at the catcher position. Jan 11 - 3:07 PM

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Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 and scored a run in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

He singled in the ninth inning and scored on a Taylor Motter single as the Mariners' rally fell far short of the goal. The young catcher has improved his batting average from .207 a year ago to .249 in 2017. He has 23 home runs and 59 RBI in 119 games. Still just 26 years old, the former Golden Spikes award winner may yet develop into a solid fantasy catcher.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 08:37:00 PM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's showdown against the Astros.

It's just a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting backstop being a day game after a night game. Carlos Ruiz will work behind the plate and bat eighth against Dallas Keuchel and the Astros on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 10:44:00 AM

Mike Zunino blasted a pair of solo home runs in an 8-1 rout of the Rangers on Wednesday.

He opened the scoring by taking starter Martin Perez deep in the fifth inning, then closed the scoring by going yard off reliever Jake Diekman in the seventh. He also walked twice and didn't make an out all night. The Mariners' catcher has a .246 batting average with 23 home runs and 58 RBI in 392 plate appearances. He entered this season with a .194 career batting average but has made great strides in that department this year.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 12:13:00 AM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 and hit his 20th homer against the A's on Friday.

Zunino hit 22 homers in 2014. That and now this are the only 20-homer seasons by catchers in Mariners franchise history. All 20 of Zunino's homer have come since he was recalled from the minors on May 23. He's hitting .255/.332/.559 in 247 at-bats since that date.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 01:18:00 AM

Mike Zunino went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in Friday’s win over the Yankees.

It was his first three-hit game since June 12, when he was in the middle of a monster stretch at the plate. Zunino has predictably cooled down since, but he has amassed 19 homers and a .794 OPS through 97 games overall.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 12:05:00 AM

Mike Zunino singled twice and drew a walk in Tuesday's loss to the Braves.

The Mariners managed only five hits and three walks on the night against Lucas Sims and the Braves' bullpen, but their catcher had a nice night. Zunino has four multi-hit games over his last seven starts, although he went hitless in his other three games.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 11:29:00 PM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-4 and hit his 18th homer Monday against the Orioles.

Zunino's average has been tumbling pretty steadily -- he's hitting .173 since the beginning of July -- but the power production has kept coming; he's slugging .462 in 277 at-bats. Since the beginning of 2016, he's totaled 30 homers in 441 at-bats.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 02:03:00 AM

Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's loss to the Mets.

Zunino jump-started the Mariners on the comeback trail from down 4-0 with his solo homer off Rafael Montero in the third inning. He has been swinging a big power stick of late, with homers in back-to-back games and four long balls in his last eight contests. For the season as a whole, Zunino is slashing .231/.303/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI over the course of 74 games played. He is closing in on the career-best 22 home runs he cracked with Seattle back in 2014.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 02:17:00 AM

Mike Zunino swatted his 15th home run of the season in Tuesday's win against the Red Sox while also drawing a pair of walks.

The walks might have been more impressive than the solo homer, as he had managed just 18 free passes over his first 72 games. He is a solid source of power from the catcher position, but be ready for a subpar average and plenty of strikeouts, too.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 05:20:00 AM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the White Sox.

Zunino's just getting a maintenance day. Carlos Ruiz is catching and batting ninth Saturday against Mike Pelfrey. Ruiz caught Felix Hernandez's last start as well, and the Mariners may continue to use that battery going forward.
Sat, Jul 15, 2017 04:15:00 PM

Mike Zunino came off the bench for the injured Nelson Cruz (knee) in the fifth inning Saturday against the Angels.

Zunino finished up as the designated hitter, interrupting his scheduled day off to rest. He looked asleep at the dish, striking out in both of his at-bats. Fantasy owners are used to the whiffs, as the backstop has struck out 79 times across 181 at-bats.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 03:17:00 AM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the Angels.

Zunino was on a torrid hot streak in mid-June but has cooled off by collecting just one hit in his last 13 at-bats. Veteran Carlos Ruiz will handle the catching duties on Saturday while batting ninth against Angels hurler Ricky Nolasco.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 07:10:00 PM

Mike Zunino is not in the Mariners' lineup Saturday against the Astros.

Zunino is getting a much-needed day of rest. He's gone ballistic this month, hitting .348 with nine homers and 29 RBI since June 1. Carlos Ruiz will start behind the plate and bat ninth Saturday against Astros right-hander Lance McCullers.
Sat, Jun 24, 2017 06:20:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jun 20, 2017 03:41:00 AM

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