Mariners Analysis: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

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Jun 10, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA;Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) tags out Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (3) at second during the sixth inning at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Stock Down: Mike Zunino

I’m going to start this off with saying that I absolutely love Mike Zunino. The incredible workload he takes on and how good he is defensively, gives him plenty of leeway in my book. Especially when you consider that this young man was rushed to the majors because the M’s simply didn’t have any other viable candidates. But, the M’s need him to produce more than he currently is.

Zunino has yet to turn the corner at the dish. In his last seven games, he’s hitting a horrendous .059, collecting just one hit in his past 17 at bats. To make it worse, in those 17 at bats, he has found a way to strike out six times.

Regardless of Zunino’s struggles, he is going to play everyday and he should play everyday. Jesus Sucre is hitting an abysmal .050 on the year, and he has proven to be nothing better than a sub-par backup catcher. The former Golden Spikes Award winner has the talent and pop to be a star, and I firmly believe that he will be an above average hitter at the catcher position. I just hope he get’s it going soon.

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