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3 Mike Zunino C

Seattle Mariners

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
71%50%
Key Stats
ABHRAVGRBIRSB
43822.19960510
Batting Summary
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2013SEA521732237514164910.290.329.214
2014SEA131438518722601715803.254.404.199

Player Updates

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Mariners' McClendon very pleased with progress of Mike Zunino
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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.”

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Mariners C Mike Zunino improving on hitting with two strikes
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

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."

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Mariners catcher Mike Zunino rips pair of home runs Saturday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

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."

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Mariners C Mike Zunino improving his offensive game
by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

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."

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Mariners' McClendon targeting 140-145 games for Mike Zunino
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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.

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CBSSports.com Player Ranking
Position Current Last Week Rating
Catchers 16 38.50
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs L.A. Angels54122 .250 .407 .222
vs Rasmus (Career)300000
vs RHP3055317 .236 .393 .174
Last 7 Games
  OPP AB R H HR RBI BB SB
9/21@HOU3010000
9/23@TOR3000000
9/24@TOR2000010
9/25@TOR4111100
9/26LAA3000000
9/27LAA2010000
9/28LAA4010200
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@LAD
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Fantasy Points by Week.   ( Actual    AccuScore Projections)   Note: Points are rounded down.
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2013SEA521732237514164910 .290 .329 .214
2014SEA131438518722601715803 .254 .404 .199
Total 1836117312427743320713 .265 .383 .203
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2013SEAC50483873632221 .995
2014SEAC130125109910108455 .995
Total  1801731486137310676 .995
More Batting Stats
YearTeam2B3BTBSFSHHBPIBBGDP
2013SEA505710305
2014SEA2021774017112
Total 2522345020117
Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2012AA-Jackson Generals155161740385700 .386 .588 .333
2012ASX-Everett AquaSox2911029411001035182610 .474 .736 .373
2013AAA-Tacoma Rainiers5220338461231143176600 .297 .478 .227
Total 96364731042632486409910 .365 .571 .286
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-2/220
Birthdate:
3/25/1991
Age:
24
Hometown:
Cape Coral, FL
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Seattle Mariners
College:

MLB Experience:
2
Awards:

2012: Golden Spike
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