Jun 10, 2011; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators catcher Mike Zunino (3) follows through on a two run single against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second inning of the Gainesville super regional of the 2011NCAA baseball tournament at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Draft 2012: Mike Zunino


Age: 21

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height: 6′ 2″

Weight: 220

Bat: Hitting above .300 in the Majors is probably a stretch, but in his prime it could certainly be a possibility. Considering he doesn’t strike out much and has a good feel for the strike zone, and an OPB above .360 is going to more than make up for any  deficiencies he might experience early in his career.

Power: Legitimate. Zunino is a serious power threat and that threat is only going to grow as he matures with a wooden bat. While home runs aren’t exactly his specialty, Zunino is going to eventually grow into his gap power and start putting a few more balls over the fence. Expect far more doubles than homers early on in his career.

Defense: Zunino probably has the best defensive arm in the draft–not at catcher–in the draft. He has outstanding footwork behind the plate and should be more than adequate at shutting down the running game. His play behind the plate has apparently been improving since he began college. He calls a decent game, a skill that grows once implanted within an organization and blocking pitches is a non-issue. The learning curve won’t be too steep for Zunino as he is already an outstanding defender behind the dish and considered to be a great leader.

Synopsis: There is a reason many fear Zunino won’t be available once the Mariners’ pick comes around. He is a premier athlete and talent that could shore up almost any organizations catching department. If his bat alone was not enough to get you drooling, his defensive aptitude should be plenty. The biggest question surrounding Zunino and the Mariners? Will he still be there?

Here is a look at Zunino and his college stats for the 2012 season.

Here is a great video of a Zunino AB.

 

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  • maqman

    Zunino is probably going to be the safest pick at #3 as Buxton will probably be off the board.  Other than Buxton Giolito probably offers the highest potential ceiling but won’t be the safest pick.  I’d take Giolito over Zunino but I’m not a pro scout and am accident prone so I doubt GMZ will take my opinion into account.

  • Mariner_Melee

     @maqman  I am more okay with Zunino than most. I do like Correa a lot even if he doesn’t stick at short stop. Zunino is safe, but I’m okay with safe. He isn’t safe and bad, he is safe and very good. While Correa may have a higher ceiling, his risk is way higher as well. 
     
    I can’t imagine if we drafted Correa and he didn’t work out.