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3 Mike Zunino C
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 3/25/1991 | Birthplace: Cape Coral, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 29/17 | Average Draft Position: 200.03
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Mariners catcher Mike Zunino homers in Tuesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his ninth home run of the season to help send the Mariners to a 5-0 win over the Padres on Tuesday.

Zunino hit the solo shot off Ian Kennedy in the third inning. The home run was his only hit in four at-bats during the game. He also struck out twice.

Prior to Tuesday's contest, Zunino was hitting .167 with one home run and two RBI in his last nine games.


Mariners C Mike Zunino snaps 22-game homerless drought


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino belted his first home run in nearly a month on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Angels won the game 4-2. Zunino hit a solo home run, his eighth of the year, in the eighth inning off Garrett Richards. 

"He's got such a great arm. To me, you've just got to try to get on the fastball," Zunino said, per MLB.com. "That's your best chance to hit something because his slider is so good. The home run I was able to get a slider up in the zone with two strikes and really wasn't trying to do too much with it."

Zunino also singled and scored earlier in the game, but his batting average still sits at a meager .169 on the season.


Mariners C Mike Zunino collects two hits in Wednesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 2 for 4 at the plate during Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

It was his first multi-hit game in 22 games. Over his last 23 games, Zunino is hitting .116 with no extra base hits and one RBI.


McClendon hoping Martinez will be positive influence on Mike Zunino


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is looking for new hitting coach Edgar Martinez to have a positive impact on catcher Mike Zunino, who continues to struggle offensively.

He is batting just .158 in 64 games and has a .192 career average after batting .286 with a .571 slugging percentage and .937 OPS in his minor-league career.

“I think that’s something (Martinez) wants to do,” McClendon said, per The News Tribune. “In the end, my hope is he does have a major influence on Zunino and does make him a project.

“We can get him back to being something close to what he was last year.”


Mariners' McClendon, Zunino tossed after arguing checked swing


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino and manager Lloyd McClendon were both ejected from Tuesday's game against the Yankees after disagreeing with a call made by first base official Will Little. 

Zunino argued with Little and was tossed after Alex Rodriguez drew a walk in the top of the third inning. The incident brought McClendon out of the dugout, who gave the entire officiating crew an earful before he was eventually tossed.


Mariners' Welington Castillo in, Mike Zunino out Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Mariners catcher Welington Castillo is starting over Mike Zunino in Sunday's matchup with the Indians.

It'll be Castillo's fourth start since joining the Mariners, with whom he's 2 for 15 with two RBI. Zunino is getting a break after going 3 for 14 while starting four straight games.

The Mariners are a coin flip (-105) with the Indians on Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Mariners' Mike Zunino smacks seventh homer Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 2 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-3 loss to the Indians on Thursday.

Zunino was able to tie the game with his third-inning blast, but the Mariners would quickly fall behind again in the top of the fourth and remain in the hole for the rest of the game. The catcher has collected two homers in his last three games.

Zunino has hit .191/.246/.397 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 131 at-bats.


Mariners C Mike Zunino goes 1 for 4 with HR against Rays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his sixth home run of the season in Monday's 4-1 win over the Rays. 

It was Zunino's only hit of the game as he finished 1 for 4. He hasn't had the best season at the plate as he's slashing .185/.244/.379. Though he posted his fourth consecutive game with a hit, Zunino has only recorded four multi-hit games this year. 


Mariners' Justin Ruggiano, Mike Zunino back in the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mariners outfielder Justin Ruggiano and catcher Mike Zunino are back in the starting lineup on Monday against the Rays, the team announced.

Ruggiano and Zunino got the day off on Sunday with Welington Castillo and Dustin Ackley drawing starts. Ruggiano is hitting .207 with three RBI in 58 at-bats this season. Zunino is hitting .183 in 120 at-bats this season. The Mariners are currently the underdogs (+115) against Tampa Bay.


Robinson Cano moves from second to DH for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Robinson Cano gets a day off from the field on Sunday for the first time this season. After starting the first 42 games for the Mariners at second base, Cano is in the lineup as DH. 

Brad Miller replaces Cano at second base, batting leadoff. 

"He played second in spring training quite a bit," McClendon said to The News Tribune. "If you can play short, you can play second. Is he the greatest second baseman in the world? No. But he'll make the plays. He'll be fine."

The Mariners also started Welington Castillo at catcher for the second time this year, giving Mike Zunino a rest. 


Mariners include Mike Zunino, Welington Castillo in Friday's lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Mariners are starting both of their catchers Friday night against Toronto. Manager Lloyd McClendon gave Mike Zunino the nod behind the plate. He will hit ninth in the order.

Newly-acquired catcher Welington Castillo will make his second start of the season -- this time as a designated hitter. He remains in the sixth-hole.

Seattle is favored (-149) against Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, per VegasInsider.com.


Welington Castillo to make his Mariner debut on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Newly-acquired catcher Welington Castillo is in the Mariners' starting lineup for the first time this season. He will bat sixth, replacing Mike Zunino in the lineup Thursday afternoon against Baltimore.

Castillo hit .163 with five RBI in 43 at-bats this season with the Cubs.

Seattle is an underdog (+105) at Camden Yards, per VegasInsider.com.


GM: Mariners C Mike Zunino might need at-bats to hit stride


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has offered that his disappointing team has several young players who are still trying to "figure it out at the big-league level."

Among those is catcher Mike Zunino, who is batting .173 with 44 strikeouts in 120 plate appearances. He has struggled so mightily that the team recently traded for Welington Castilo. Zunino remains the starter, but one wonders for how long if Zunino doesn't pick it up.

Zduriencik expressed his appreciation for Zunino's continued strong play defensively despite the offensive problems.

"I think he's been able to separate," Zduriencik told 710 ESPN. "That's really been a plus for us, because he continues to be ... one of the best framers in the game."

That's not good enough for the Mariners, however, especially considering how poorly he has performed with the bat and that he was the No. 3 overall selection in the 2012 draft. Zduriencik believes he might have risen through the ranks too quickly.

It just might be a matter of at-bats for this guy," he said. "...He got up here in such a short period of time and the game is so fast up here ... he's trying to catch up."


Mariners' Lloyd McClendon on trade: 'Mike Zunino is our catcher'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/19/2015) Despite Tuesday's acquisition of Welington Castillo, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed on MLB Network Radio that Mike Zunino is still the team's starting catcher.

Zunino has struggled offensively thus far in 2015, as he is sporting a meager .179 batting average with five home runs. He showed some signs of a life with a two-homer game last week, but he has just two hits in his 14 at-bats since then. 

Worthy of note, current reserve catcher Jesus Sucre is also not producing at the plate, as his batting average is below .100 in 15 at-bats this year.


Mariners catcher Mike Zunino goes yard twice in win over Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino connected on a pair of home runs and enjoyed his first three-hit performance of the season Tuesday night against San Diego.

Zunino launched a solo home run in the sixth and a two-run blast in the seventh inning. He added a single and finished 3 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI in an 11-4 victory. He is hitting .185/.255/.380 with five homers and 10 RBI this season.


Jesus Sucre replaces Mike Zunino in Mariners lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Jesus Sucre gets the start at catcher for the Mariners on Sunday. Sucre replaces Mike Zunino, who had started the previous seven games. 

It's the fifth start of the year for Sucre, who hits ninth in the order.

Rickie Weeks also gets a start at DH in Sunday's game. Weeks is the designated hitter for just the second time in 19 games and bats second in the order for the first time since April 19.


Mariners catcher Mike Zunino blasts off for third home run Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 at the plate in Seattle's 11-4 loss to the Astros Saturday. Zunino did his damage early when he took a Collin McHugh pitch out with a solo shot in the second inning, his third of the season.

Zunino is now hitting .136 with four RBI in 66 at-bats this season.


Mariners C Mike Zunino given breather Friday vs. Astros


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino was given the day off and held out of Friday's lineup against the Astros. Zunino had started each of the last four games for Seattle, and recorded just one hit in 12 at-bats during that stretch. 

Jesus Sucre was the starting catcher, batting ninth on Friday.


Jesus Sucre replaces Mike Zunino at catcher for Mariners


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Catcher Mike Zunino was not in the Mariners' starting lineup for Sunday's game. 

Zunino was replaced by Jesus Sucre, who gets his third start of the season behind the plate. Sucre was listed ninth in the batting order. 

The Mariners are -138 money line favorites at home against Minnesota. 


Mariners C Zunino showing signs of breaking out of slump


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) It's too early to determine if Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has emerged from a 5-for-39 slump to start the year. After all, he's only on a two-game hitting streak.

But the home run he slammed Wednesday night against Houston was his second in the last four games, so he is optimistic.

"I think I'm starting to get some pitches to hit and starting to let myself get into some hitter's counts," he told MLB.com. "(Wednesday) I was able to get into a 3-2 count and get a pitch I could hit. I didn't try to do too much and was able to hit the ball hard."

Zunino hit the ball hard quite often last season, setting a Seattle record for catchers with 22 home runs. Power, however, has never been a problem. His efforts to improve plate coverage has been an issue, but Lloyd McClendon has noticed progress.

"It's getting better," McClendon said. "He's gaining his confidence. He had a two-strike base hit last night, which I thought was big. And tonight he had good at-bats."

Zunino still must work on making consistent contact. He has 19 strikeouts in 44 at-bats this season.


Mike Zunino, Brad Miller, Dustin Ackley out of Mariners' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) The Mariners will be without three regulars in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Texas. 

Catcher Mike Zunino, shortstop Brad Miller and left fielder Dustin Ackley are all out of the lineup, getting rest. 

Jesus Sucre gets the start at catcher, just his second appearance of the season. He'll hit ninth in the order. 

Willie Bloomquist gets his fourth appearance of the year, starting at short and batting seventh. Justin Ruggiano will play left and bat sixth. 


Mariners catcher Mike Zunino rips first home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 3 at the plate in Seattle's 3-1 win over the Rangers Saturday. Zunino did his damage in the fifth when he smacked the first pitch he saw from Colby Lewis over the left center field wall for a solo home run, his first of the year.

Zunino, who also struck out twice, boosted his average to .139 in 36 at-bats this season.


Mariners' Mike Zunino playing through wrist issue Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino said before Wednesday's game against the Dodgers that jammed his left wrist while making a tag to end Tuesday's game, but that he's fine to play, MLB.com reports.

"It's fine," Zunino said to the News Tribune. "It was one of those freak things. I went to go tag him and not knowing where he was at. I had to get there quickly. I threw it into him, and jammed it a little bit. But it feels good."

Manager Lloyd McClendon just wants Zunino to relax more while he's at the plate.

"He's pressing a little bit right now," McClendon said. "We've got to get him to relax a little bit. Get back into the strike zone."

Zunino picked up his first multihit performance of the season Sunday but is 0 for 9 over his last two games. He has hit just .115/.179/.115 in 26 at-bats.


Mariners catcher Mike Zunino collects first multihit game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino had his first multihit game of the season during Sunday's 8-7 win at Oakland. Zunino, who went 2 for 3 with one walk and two runs, caught all 10 innings of the extra-inning win.

Zunino totaled just three hits -- all singles -- in 17 at-bats through the first week of the season. He also had no RBI, two walks and six strikeouts.

Zunino hit .274 with one triple, three home runs, four doubles, eight runs, 11 RBI, one walk and 22 strikeouts in 20 games in March/April last season.


Mariners' McClendon very pleased with progress of Mike Zunino


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has caught more games and innings than any other catcher in the Cactus League through Monday, according to MLB.com. Manager Lloyd McClendon said that is a testament to the progress Zunino is making after an up-and-down year in 2014.

“He came in in great shape and there’s some things we wanted to see him do this spring and he’s starting to do them,” McClendon said Tuesday. “Taking charge of the staff, running that staff, getting them to do the things he needs them to do to be successful during the course of a game. Sometimes you have to pull the whip out. He’s done all those things. I think it’s taken him the whole six weeks to get all of that out of the staff. That’s why he’s played as much as he’s played.”

Zunino, who hit .199 with 22 home runs last season, is batting .354 (17 for 48) with five doubles, seven home runs, 10 runs and 13 RBI in 18 spring games.

“I don’t think he was ready to do it last year. He was trying to get his feet wet his first full year in the big leagues as well,” McClendon said. “I think he’s learned this staff. He knows he can be successful in this league and the maturation process has brought him to this point in his career.

“He’s been on the fast track from the start and he hasn’t disappointed. It’s mind blowing, if you really think about it, to think how far he’s come so fast.”