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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%: 44/31 | Average Draft Position: 199.94
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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.”


Mariners C Mike Zunino improving on hitting with two strikes


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) A year ago, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino showcased the power he can bring at the plate with 22 home runs. However, his .199 batting average did not do him much good otherwise. 

Part of the problem was Zunino's inability to put the ball in play with two strikes. This spring, Zunino has done a better job of being patient with two strikes against him. On Monday, Zunino hit a home run and a two-run double in Seattle's 5-3 win over the Angles. 

The double came with Zunino down 1-2 in the count, before working it up to 3-2. 

"That's what he's been working on all spring, the ability to put the ball in play with two strikes," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said, via MLB.com. "The knowledge and understanding to know what they're trying to do to you in those situations. He's continues to grow in that. He's gotten better this spring with it."


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.