Zunino
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.192
HR
17
RBI
37
R
29
SB
0
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The good news is Zunino shattered his career best slash line, hitting .251/.331/.509 with 25 homers last season. The bad news is he whiffed even more than usual, setting a new low in terms of contact. The safe play is to expect BABIP regression, but will Zunino land closer... read more
The good news is Zunino shattered his career best slash line, hitting .251/.331/.509 with 25 homers last season. The bad news is he whiffed even more than usual, setting a new low in terms of contact. The safe play is to expect BABIP regression, but will Zunino land closer to his 2017 campaign or his usual flirtation with the Mendoza Line? Since Zunino was among the league leader in barrels for the second straight season, it's plausible he figured something out, and while he still struggles to make contact, when bat meets ball it's usually squared up. Still, anyone who whiffs that much is a candidate for a long slump. Splitting the difference seems fair. Zunino's defense isn't Gold Glove caliber, but it's not a liability. Based on that, and his established power, Zunino deserves regular at-bats, thus he is draft-worthy in all formats except points leagues penalizing for strikeouts. Just be prepared for the possibility that 2017 is a complete outlier in terms of average.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'1"    WT: 190 lbs.    DOB: 3/25/1991    Drafted: 1st Rd in 2012Show Contract
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Mike Zunino Contract Info:
Agreed to a one-year, $2.975 million deal with the Mariners in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Rides pine Sunday
CSeattle Mariners
August 19, 2018
Zunino is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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Vs. Today's Pitcher
Mike Zunino Vs Pitcher Stats
  • AB:
    9
  • H:
    0
  • 2B:
    0
  • 3B:
    0
  • HR:
    0
  • RBI:
    0
  • BB:
    0
  • K:
    2
  • SB:
    0
  • CS:
    0
  • HBP:
    0
  • SF:
    0
  • AVG:
    .000
  • OBP:
    .000
  • SLG:
    .000
  • OPS:
    .000
2018 Stat Review for Mike Zunino
0.13 BB/K
TERRIBLE
5.0 % BB Rate
POOR
38.9 % K Rate
TERRIBLE
0.657 OPS
TERRIBLE
0.248 OBP
TERRIBLE
0.192 AVG
TERRIBLE
0.252 BABIP
LOW
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Catcher
  1. 1. MikeM. Zunino (R)
  2. X. ChrisC. Herrmann (L) Day-To-Day
First Baseman
  1. 1. RobinsonR. Cano (L)
  2. 2. RyonR. Healy (R)
  3. 3. AndrewA. Romine (S)
  4. X. ChrisC. Herrmann (L) Day-To-Day
Second Baseman
  1. 1. DeeD. Gordon (L)
  2. 2. RobinsonR. Cano (L)
  3. 3. AndrewA. Romine (S)
  4. X. JeanJ. Segura (R) Paternity
Shortstop
  1. X. JeanJ. Segura (R) Paternity
  2. 1. AndrewA. Romine (S)
  3. 2. DeeD. Gordon (L)
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  1. Mike Zunino 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Mike Zunino 2017 Preseason Outlook
    Zunino's career .195 batting average, 32.4 percent strikeout rate and 16.6 percent swinging-strike rate clearly paint him as a hacker. He finally proved in 2016, however, that he can tap into the home-run upside many have been yearning for from his bat for years - along with a bit of gravy in his 10.9 percent walk rate. This progression resembled the 10.7 percent free-pass rate he showed at Triple-A last season. Of course, that happened in his third stint at the highest farm level -- so it's not entirely surprising that he conquered it. He will still whiff frequently at major-league breaking balls. Even with his flaws, however, he still carries some intrigue. Carlos Ruiz's backup duty aside, Zunino may remain the priority for playing time. Landing a backstop on the cheap with a difference-making skill could lead to a useful fantasy profit. Zunino's power fits that bill, but his batting average could cripple a roster.
  3. Mike Zunino 2016 Preseason Outlook
    After Zunino batted .199 with a .658 OPS in 2014, it was obvious he needed more time in the minors to hone his hitting skills. But there he was on Opening Day as the Mariners' starting catcher, and the next five months he caught more innings than any AL backstop other than Salvador Perez, all while flailing away at the plate. When he was finally, mercifully, sent to Triple-A in late August, Zunino's .174 batting average was on pace to be the lowest in the majors since 1892. Among players with at least Zunino's 386 plate appearances, his average ranked eighth-lowest all-time. Thankfully, Zunino will get as much time as he needs in the minors this season, as the Mariners acquired catchers Chris Iannetta and Steve Clevenger. Zunino has good power when he runs into a fastball, but he has to make better contact (62% last year) and cut his strikeouts - he led MLB with one whiff every 2.92 plate appearances (min 350 PA) - to be an everyday catcher again.
  4. Mike Zunino 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Zunino set a franchise record for home runs by a catcher last season, but it came with a .199 average, the lowest in the majors among catchers with at least 300 at-bats. More than half (44) of Zunino's 87 hits went for extra bases. Yes, Zunino can jump on a major league fastball. It's on breaking and offspeed pitches where his at-bats go to die. Zunino struck out in a third of his plate appearances last season while walking just 3.6% of the time. But he's just 24 and is still developing after being rushed to the big leagues with only 419 minor league plate appearances under his belt. The Mariners like the way he handles the pitching staff, and there is no one around to challenge him for playing time.
  5. Mike Zunino 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Zunino had a rough rookie season. Promoted in June, a broken hand in late July caused him to miss more than month. Zunino is still trying to find his way at the plate, as a steady diet of breaking and offspeed pitches proved to be his nemesis. The Mariners, though, are content to focus most of his attention on his catching for now. The Mariners could bring in a veteran catcher to tutor Zunino this year, but the team is clearly banking on him as the catcher of the future. While the 2012 No. 3 overall pick didn't make quite as big an impact as many expected last season, Zunino will have ample opportunity to make a name for himself this season. Keep an eye on him this spring and into the year – the raw power he showed last year could quickly increase his value for fantasy owners.
  6. Mike Zunino 2013 Preseason Outlook
    The 2012 Golden Spikes Award winner as the nation's top amateur player, Zunino was drafted third overall by the Mariners, who were enamored with his defense. It's been his bat, though, that has turned heads thus far - 13 homers between short-season Everett (1.210 OPS) and Double-A Jacksonville (.974 OPS) in 44 games - while his defense has caused some angst. He was said to have good hands and good agility, but he struggled blocking pitches behind the plate. Nevertheless, after a good showing in the Arizona Fall League with his bat, he goes to spring training with a shot at making the big-league club. The Mariners have only one catcher, Jesus Montero, on the roster after dealing John Jaso in January. And Montero likely will spend time again at DH, making a third catcher necessary. Zunino's bat might be ready, but his catching likely needs more polish, and the Mariners won't be quick to sacrifice essential development time. Triple-A is probably more realistic, though it won't surprise if he makes his way to Seattle at some point this season. Long-term, Zunino is clearly the catcher of the future, which also means Montero is destined for DH/1B duty.
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Rides pine Sunday
CSeattle Mariners
August 19, 2018
Zunino is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
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On long-ball tear
CSeattle Mariners
August 13, 2018
Zunino, who went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the Astros on Sunday, now has four homers over his last five games.
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Day off Saturday
CSeattle Mariners
August 11, 2018
Zunino is not in the lineup Saturday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Blasts two solo shots
CSeattle Mariners
August 8, 2018
Zunino went 2-for-3 with two solo homers, a walk and an additional run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Rangers.
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Day off Tuesday
CSeattle Mariners
August 7, 2018
Zunino is not starting Tuesday against the Rangers, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
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