After a 2014 season in which Mike Zunino hit .199 as the Mariners' starting catcher, Fantasy owners had to figure he had nowhere to go but up. That assumption proved to be wrong, as Zunino cut his home run output in half from 22 to 11 and still batted just .174. He lost his starting job late in the season and appears ticketed to Triple-A to begin 2016, as the Mariners acquired Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger this offseason. Zunino can go undrafted in virtually all formats.
Zunino is expected to open 2016 at Triple-A Tacoma, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. General manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed what was widely assumed after the team acquired both Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger within the past nine days. Zunino fell apart last season, striking out in 34.2 percent of his plate appearances, ultimately finishing with a .174 average and a .230 OBP. Strikeouts will always be part of the package with the 24-year-old, but he will need to show some improvement with his plate discipline before getting another chance.
The Mariners have demoted disappointing catcher Mike Zunino to Triple-A Tacoma, the Seattle Times is reporting. The 24-year-old Zunino has just two hits in his last 16 at-bats and has struggled all season with a slash line of .174/.230/.300. His problems at the plate this year have been merely an extension of those in his previous seasons. He batted only .199 in 2014 and owns a lifetime average of .193 with a whopping 339 strikeouts in 961 at-bats.
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino entered Saturday's game against the Red Sox hitless in 25 at-bats in the month of August. He busted out of that slump, going 2 for 4, including a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning. It wouldn't be enough however, as the Red Sox won the slugfest 22-10. The home run was Zunino's 11th of the year and his first since July 28.
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino went 1 for 4 in Friday's win over Minnesota. Zunino's single extended his hitting streak to 10 consecutive games. He's hitting .361 over the streak.
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino connected on his 10th home run of the season in Tuesday's 8-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. Zunino's third-inning solo shot cut Arizona's lead to one, but it would the D-Backs would tack on more insurance run to take the victory. The 2015 season has been mainly a struggle for Zunino so far. But Tuesday's home run did extend his current hitting streak to eight games. During that stretch, he's hitting .393 with a home run and six RBI.