Mike Zunino begins his journey in professional baseball with the Everett Aquasox on Thursday. Zunino, the third overall selection by the Seattle Mariners in last year’s amateur draft is expected to be fast-tracked through the minor leagues if all goes well.
The former Florida Gator catcher won the 2012 USA Golden Spikes Award, which is bestowed to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. He also won the 2012 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, Dick Howser Trophy, 2012 College Player of the Year Award, the Johnny Bench Award, and was a consensus first-team All-American.
“I’m just ready to go,” Zunino said Wednesday prior to Everett’s game against the Tri-City Dust Devils. “It’s nice to finally be here, meet the guys and get everything going.”
The Mariners need help at catcher and Zunino projects as the long-term answer. Hopefully this is the time the Mariners guess right at catcher. The last time the Mariners had the third overall pick in the amateur draft, they selected another ...