Mike Zunino to Seattle Mariners: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis
Height/Weight: 6’2”/220 lbs
Mike Zunino is a strong, athletic catcher who has the overall skill set to remain at the position. He’s an above-average receiver who has made strides in his blocking and should continue to as he develops.
He has room to improve in his game-calling abilities, but has done a respectable job overall handling a highly talented Florida Gators pitching staff. He struggles to consistently throw out baserunners due to slightly below-average arm strength, slow transfer and release.
He's a pure hitter who drives the ball to all fields and generates good extension after contact. His swing can get a bit long at times, but it’s something that will be an easy fix with a big league hitting coach. His hit tool is probably the most draftable in the entire class and could allow him to play any corner infield position in the major leagues.
Zunino also has baseball in his bloodlines, as his father, Greg, is a scout for the Cincinnati Reds and has served as an area scout for nearly 20 years.
As a college player, Zunino may not take too long to reach the major leagues. He definitely needs refinement defensively, but his bat has enough upside to make up for any shortcomings. He’s a pure hitter who could reach the big leagues in late 2014 or early 2015.
Pick Analysis: The Mariners lock up their catcher of the future as they make their way back to respectability. Seattle has struggled at the plate and will need the offensive firepower that Zunino brings in order to keep up with the likes of the hot-hitting Angels and Rangers in the AL West.
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