With the third overall pick of the 2012 MLB draft, the Seattle Mariners selected Florida catcher Mike Zunino. He has all the makings of a baseball superstar, and he's going to do it with the Mariners.
This was the third time in four years that the M's had one of the first three picks in the draft, which is one of the few perks that comes with a dreadful season. Along with some other MLB regulations that seek to level the playing field slightly after each season, the draft gives poor-performing teams a shot at redemption in the future.
Scouting director Tom McNamara and company selected Dustin Ackley in 2009 with the second overall pick and Danny Hultzen last year, also with the second overall pick. Both of those picks are set up to succeed as of now, but it's still early in both of their careers.
It's been a rough decade, really, for the Mariners and their fans, but the fact that they've lost so many games consistently over the past five or six years means they've accrued a sizable group of the nation's best young players. It makes for a wider foundation to build upon and a higher chance of success.
If all goes according to plan, Zunino will join that group in a couple of years in the majors, and the M's will be poised to seize the World Series title.
Here are 10 reasons why Mike Zunino will prosper with the Mariners and reach superstardom in the good company of Dustin Ackley, Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Nick Franklin.