Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/9/13
Time to curb expectations With a promising core of young and talented players, the Seattle Mariners have one of the brightest futures in the MLB. One of those young—and talented players—are top prospect Mike Zunino. A big catcher drafted from the University of Florida, Zunino absolutely mashed in his senior season. By years end he was awarded the Golden Spikes Award—given each season to the countries best amateur baseball player. After his stud season Zunino entered the draft and was taken No. 3 overall by the Seattle Mariners. Since the 21-year-old signed quickly with the Mariners, he was able to get in 44 minor league games with the M’s before season end. The brunt of those were spent at Everett, where Zunino hit .373/.474/.736 with 20 extra base hits and 35 RBI. He would finish out his season with 15 games at Double-A Jackson where he hit .333 with three home runs. Defensively Zunino did well with the base paths, throwing out 43 percent of runners. However, he struggled with rece...
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