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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 45/31 | Average Draft Position: 209.49
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Mariners catcher Mike Zunino rips pair of home runs Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino ripped two solo home runs Saturday against the Giants, going 2 for 3 and boasting his average to .310 in 16 spring training games.

"I was just looking for pitches early in the count to drive," said Zunino to MLB.com. "I'm feeling all right. Just continuing to try to make adjustments and seeing a little bit of improvement. It's something to keep building on."


Mariners C Mike Zunino improving his offensive game


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino showed last year that his defensive game is impressive. He also proved that he has some power at the plate. The fact that his offensive game is improving is a good sign for the Mariners.

Although the Mariners lost to the Cubs 12-10 on Saturday, Zunino went 1 for 3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. His most recent performance follows up Friday's outing where he hit two homeruns.

Th 23-year-old batted .199 in 2014. The catcher is working to bring up his average by keeping his bat in the zone longer.

"That's the goal and then the pitch is going to dictate where you hit it," he said. "If my path and direction can stay to the pitcher and focus up the middle and I just trust my hands to hit where the ball is pitched, I think that's going to be the key."

"The one thing we've tried to stress with him is when you stretch the field from foul line to foul line, you become a better and more dangerous hitter," said Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon. "And he's working on it. It's a work in progress, but he's getting better."


Mariners' McClendon targeting 140-145 games for Mike Zunino


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) After appearing in a career-high 131 games in 2014, including 130 appearances at catcher, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is expecting catcher Mike Zunino to be slightly above that number in 2015, per the Tacoma News Tribune.

“I think if we can get him into the 145 range -- 140 to 145 -- then he should be good to go for the entire season,” McClendon said. “We probably overplayed him a little too much early on last season, but it was out of necessity. We had a very tough staff to catch.”

However, McClendon's goals might be a little ambitious. Only 10 times in the last 15 years have a catcher started at least 140 games  -- and seven times it was Jason Kendall.

The three others players reached that plateau are Salvador Perez (2014, Royals), Russell Martin (2007, Dodgers) and Brad Ausmus (2000, Tigers). Although, Kendall accomplished the feat twice (2003, 2004) when McClendon was the manager of the Pirates.


Mariners' Zunino: Committing to right-center will help raise average


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) While Mariners catcher Mike Zunino ranked fourth on the team in 2014 with a .404 slugging percentage and second with 22 home runs, he was seventh on the team with a .199 batting average. Zunino is working on bringing up his average.

"For me, it's just totally committing on going to right-center," Zunino said, per MLB.com. "That's been my strength for a while, and that keeps my bat in the zone longer. When you don't feel 100 percent or start to get a little fatigued, you try to generate too much, and that was pulling me off my swing. If you can get that path to right-center and stay balanced, I think that's going to be the key to changing things."

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is confident the 23-year-old catcher will become a better all-around hitter.

"The natural progression is he knows the league a little better from an offensive standpoint now," McClendon said. "He's got to become a better hitter. We know he has the power. But he has to commit himself to becoming a better hitter, shorten up his stroke in certain situations, and he's committed to doing that. I'll remind all of us that it's just not that easy sometimes. Hitting the baseball is probably the most difficult thing to do in any sport. He'll get better. He'll work at it."


Mike Zunino knocks 21st home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 2 for 5 with a three-run home run in his team's 10-5 win over the Astros Friday.

Zunino broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth-inning blast, putting his team up for good and earning a critical win as the Mariners chase a potential Wild Card berth. Despite displaying quality power numbers this season, Zunino has struggled to consistently deliver hits. He owns a .199/.256/.409 line with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 413 at-bats.


Mike Zunino punctuates slump with homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino snapped out of a power drought Wednesday, as he homered for the first time in nearly three weeks in a 12-4 loss to the Rangers.

Zunino had just one hit in the game, a solo home run, as he finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. He has just two home runs in the month of August so far, after totaling at least four in each of the previous three.

Zunino has been a pretty all-or-nothing hitting this year, as he carries a .205/.261/.418 line with 19 home runs in 106 games. 


Hitters to sit in Week 22


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/22/2014) So you're thinking of starting Mike Zunino, Allen Craig, Neil Walker, Casey McGehee, Brock Holt or Josh Hamilton in Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 25-31)? That may not be such a great idea.

Check out the latest Start and Sit Hitters to find out why.


Mike Zunino catching break Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is taking a seat Wednesday in Philadelphia. Jesus Sucre is set to start instead.

Zunino emerged from a slump Tuesday night with two hits and two RBI. The performance ended a five-game hitless streak in which he was 0 for 16.


Mike Zunino reaches three times in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino put together a solid performance Monday, in an 11-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Zunino reached base three times while going 2 for 3 with a walk, and he drove in a run with each of his two hits. Zunino drove in one run with his fourth-inning single, and then added an RBI with a triple in the sixth.

Zunino is hitting the ball well in the month of August, hitting .261/.346/.478 with five RBI in seven games. 


Mike Zunino slugs three-run home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 4-1 victory over the White Sox Friday.

Zunino put his team up 3-1 with his fifth-inning shot to right field. It was his fifth home run since the break. Zunino has hit .211/.260/.433 with 18 home runs and 43 RBI in 323 at-bats.


Mike Zunino grabbing some pine against Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino is getting the day game after a night game off Wednesday. He is out of the lineup against Atlanta.

Zunino has followed a hot streak with a slump. He is 1 for 16 in his last five games.


Mike Zunino clubs number 15


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his 15th home run Sunday against the Orioles.

With the Mariners down by one in the bottom of the eighth, Zunino clubbed an 88 mph sinker out to left for the game-tying shot. Zunino finished 3 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.  


Mike Zunino swats 14th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-2 win over the Mets Monday.

Zunino broke a 1-1 tie with his third-inning shot, and he's now 3 for 8 with a double and a home run in his last two games after going 0 for 21 in his previous seven games. He has hit .206/.257/.415 with 14 home runs and 36 RBI in 282 at-bats.


Hitters to sit in Week 16


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Thinking of starting Mike Zunino, C.J. Cron, Kolten Wong, Aramis Ramirez, J.J. Hardy or Steve Pearce in the shortened Fantasy Week 16 (July 18-20)? You might want to think again.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Mike Zunino blasts 13th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 2-0 win over the Twins Monday.

Zunino gave his team an early lead with his second-inning blast, and Monday starter Hisashi Iwakuma did the rest, with a little help from the bullpen. The catcher has racked up six home runs in his last 12 games. He's hit .217/.271/.435 with 13 home runs and 34 RBI in 253 at-bats.


Mike Zunino smacks 12th home run Monday vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 5 with a home run and three RBI in his team's 10-4 win over the Astros Monday.

Zunino tied the game with a two-run home run in the second inning and plated his third run on a groundout in the ninth inning that game his team a 10-3 lead. He has hit .225/.282/.441 with 12 home runs and 31 RBI in 236 at-bats.


Hitters to start in Week 14


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/29/2014) Looking for a sleeper for Fantasy Week 14 (June 30-July 6)? Mike Zunino, Eric Hosmer, Neil Walker, Brock Holt, Brad Miller and Steve Pearce might just fit the bill.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Mike Zunino slugs 11th home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox Wednesday.

Zunino hit the second of two home runs in the second inning to give his team a 3-2 lead, but they were unable to keep the edge. The catcher's home run was his fourth in his last five games. He has hit .231/.288/.448 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 221 at-bats.


Mike Zunino homers again in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has found his power stroke recently, as he hit his third home run in four games Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Zunino went 2 for 4 in the game, with a solo home run in the fifth inning. He scored one more time, while striking out once.

Zunino's power has translated in his second major-league season, but he has had some contact issues along the way. He is hitting .230/.289/.438 with 10 home runs in 217 at-bats. 


Mike Zunino set to sit Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Mariners starting catcher Mike Zunino will not be their starting catcher Friday night against the host Rays. He is out of the lineup. Veteran John Buck is set to take his place.

Zunino has three hits in his last two games after a hitless slide that lasted 12 at-bats.


Mike Zunino homers in win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) The Mariners offense was a one-man show Wednesday, as catcher Mike Zunino account for all of the team's runs in a 3-1 win over the Angels.

Zunino went two for three in the game, driving in two runs with a second-inning single and then adding a solo home run in the eighth for insurance.

Zunino raised his average to .239 with the performance, while he hit his seventh home run. He has 21 RBI in 41 games. 


Mike Zunino moves up to fifth in batting order


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) After hitting eighth or ninth in the Mariners' batting order all season, catcher Mike Zunino was moved up to the fifth spot Monday, reports MLB.com. Manager Lloyd McClendon told the website he's looking for a spark from Zunino, who has six homers and 18 RBI in 38 games.

"I’m still hesitant,” McClendon told the webiste. "But we have to do something to try to balance things out a little. I’m just trying to be proactive. … Just trying to shake things up and score some runs some kind of way. We’ll put him into RBI situations and see if he can click for us."

McClendon said Zunino, the team's first-round pick in 2012, "is real close to being an All-Star type of catcher."


Mike Zunino benched for Wednesday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) The Mariners do not have slumping starting catcher Mike Zunino in their lineup for the Wednesday afternoon game in Texas. John Buck is set to start in his place.

Zunino has just one hit in his last four starts and hasn't had a multi-hit game since May 2. His average has dropped from .272 to .240 since then.


Mike Zunino starting to heat up coming off 6-for-33 slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino extended his modest hitting streak to five games Monday against the Rays with a solo home run off Cesar Ramos in the second inning. He finished 1 for 2 with two walks.

Zunino is batting .313 (5 for 16) with one double, two home runs, two RBI, two walks and four runs during his five-game hitting streak. It comes after he was mired in a 6-for-33 slump in his previous 10 games.


Mike Zunino smacks fifth home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in Game 1 of his team's doubleheader against the A's Wednesday.

Zunino broke a fifth-inning tie with a solo home run in a game which his team would go on to win 6-4 in extra innings. He has hit .245/.277/.468 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 94 at-bats.