Mike Zunino

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Mike Zunino
Mike Zunino on April 8, 2014.jpg
Seattle Mariners – No. 3
Catcher
Born: (1991-03-25) March 25, 1991 (age 23)
Cape Coral, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 12, 2013 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through June 27, 2014)
Batting average .215
Hits 91
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 47
Teams

Michael Accorsi Zunino (born March 25, 1991) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball. Before beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at the University of Florida, where he won the Dick Howser Trophy, Golden Spikes Award, and Johnny Bench Award in his senior year. He was selected by the Mariners with the third overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]

College career[edit]

Zunino received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Kevin O'Sullivan's Florida Gators baseball team from 2010 to 2012. He led the Gators to three consecutive College World Series appearances in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he became the first catcher to play in A, AA, AAA, and MLB in the same year. Zunino was named to the Baseball America All-American team as a sophomore in 2011 and was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) player of the year.[2][3] He was the second Florida Gator to win the SEC player of the year award after Matt LaPorta did so in 2005 and 2007.[4] In 2010, he played with the Yarmouth–Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minor leagues[edit]

Zunino was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 29th round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Mariner High School in Cape Coral, Florida but did not sign and chose to attend college. He was then drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2012 draft with the 3rd overall pick. On July 3, 2012, Zunino signed with the Seattle Mariners and was assigned to Seattle Mariners Class A affiliate Everett AquaSox.[5] Zunino spent most of 2012 season with the Aquasox, batting .373 with 10 HRs and 35 RBIs. He was promoted to Double-A affiliate Jackson Generals on August 13.[6]

Zunino opened the 2013 season as a member of the Tacoma Rainiers.[7]

Major League Career[edit]

The Mariners promoted Zunino to the major leagues on June 11, 2013.[8] He made his first major league start the next day. He singled in his second at bat, on an 0-2 pitch. On June 14, Zunino hit his first career home run on his third at bat. On June 28, 2013, against the Chicago Cubs, Zunino collected the first walk-off hit of his career. On July 25, Zunino broke his hand and he had to spend time on the 15-day DL. He returned in early September, getting the bulk of the starts to end the season. In 52 games with the Mariners, he hit .214/.290/.329 with 5 HR and 14 RBI.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mariners select catcher Mike Zunino from University of Florida" (Press release). MLB.com. June 4, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ Fitt, Aaron; John Manuel (June 15, 2011). "2011 College All-America Team". Baseball America. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  3. ^ 2012 MLB Draft Top Prospects with Scouting Grades
  4. ^ a b "Player Bio: Mike Zunino". Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Liebeskind, Josh (3 July 2012). "Mariners introduce top pick Zunino". MLB.com. Retrieved 8 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Liebeskind, Josh (14 August 2012). "Zunino earns promotion to Double-A Jackson". mlb.com. Retrieved August 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Baker, Geoff. "Mariners announce their minor league rosters". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  8. ^ http://seattletimes.com/html/mariners/2021167865_marinersnotes12xml.html

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