Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:29:40 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino said before the start of spring training that he would be focused on driving the ball the opposite way, and early returns are encouraging in spring action. Zunino is hitting .345 through 11 games with three home runs and seven RBI. He set a team record in 2014 for catchers by hitting 22 homers, and he also added 20 doubles. However, his on-base percentage (.254) was the second lowest in the league among players with at least 450 plate appearances. Zunino also led the team in 2014 with 158 strikeouts, and cutting down on swings and misses has been a point of emphasis for him this spring. He also admits to being a bit fatigued last year, so he tailored his offseason workouts to increase his durability.
Fantasy Tip: Zunino is young and part of a lineup that should be significantly improved. He's a late-round target at the catching position, and if he can improve his strikeout totals and get on base more, he's a sleeper option that could really pay off.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:09:07 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino is ticketed to catch somewhere around 140 to 145 games behind the plate in 2015, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. Zunino started 125 games last year at catcher and played in five more games as a reserve. However, only 10 catchers have started at least 140 games in the last 15 years.
Fantasy Tip: If you prefer to hold off and wait on your starting fantasy catcher, Zunino could be your guy in the later rounds of drafts. He swings and misses a lot, but he has a stable skill set with the stick and can leave the yard often. He's also hitting in a much-improved Seattle offense. Zunino could be a potential bargain at catcher.
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 15:04:38 -0800
Seattle Mariners C Jesus Sucre is the favorite to take the backup catcher role behind C Mike Zunino, according to manager Lloyd McClendon.
Fantasy Tip: Sucre could be worth a flyer very late in some fantasy leagues if he wins the second catcher job, but keep an eye on how much playing time he gets.
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 01:39:39 -0800
Toronto Blue Jays C Russell Martin was targeted by the Seattle Mariners before Martin signed with Toronto. It is not known what Seattle would have done with C Mike Zunino had Martin signed, but sources indicate the Mariners were not looking at any other catchers.
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:08:03 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino became the first catcher in franchise history to reach 20 homers with his clout Friday, Sept. 5, against the Texas Rangers.
Thu, 04 Sep 2014 13:15:38 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino is not in the starting lineup Thursday, Sept. 4, against the Texas Rangers.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:47:59 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 14:35:33 -0700
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino is physically fine, but manager Lloyd McClendon wants to give him a little break. C John Buck is starting Friday, June 6.
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:04:37 -0700
Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said he has no plans to move C Mike Zunino or OF Dustin Ackley up in the batting order.
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 06:28:20 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are pleased with the adjustments C Mike Zunino has made at the plate with his hands, which he has moved back at the start of his swing. He has four hits in his first seven at-bats this spring. "It's just having your hands and body in a completely loaded position," Zunino said. "I wasn't quite getting all the way back there when I first got in camp and even last year. So I think just being able to get my hands all the way back is allowing me to free up my swing a little bit and it gives me more time to recognize pitches."