2013 Seattle Mariners Prospect No. 2: Mike Zunino

Mike Zunino, C, Jackson Generals (AA, average age 24.3 in 2012)

6-2, 220 lbs, 22 years old

Bats: Right, Throws: Right

Acquired: 2012 Amateur Draft (1st Round)

2012 Ranking: Unranked

ETA: Late 2013

We must make sure to be very careful to temper our excitement about Mike Zunino. He’s a very good prospect, and in 44 games and 190 plate appearances he posted a .319 ISO and a 144 wOBA+ in Everett, and a 120 wOBA+ in Jackson. His fast ascent isn’t completely shocking. Many of the guys he played in Everett were college contemporaries, most of them worse than Zunino in college. Zunino figures to have high-level control of his pitching staff, known as a student of the game and a great leader. If he’s good defensively and as good as advertised on offense, he’ll be one of the best catchers in the league. If he’s short of that he’ll still be very good, and has a good chance to handle the Mariners catching position for quite some time. That said, we’ve made many inferences over 190 plate appearances, only 57 of them in Jackson. Of course, he mashed in those 57 plate appearances. Zunino’s strikeouts are acceptable, though they could end up being his weak point and are worth keeping an eye on. His walks should be adequate, and he threw 43 percent of would-be base stealers out.

Potential (of 40): 37

Probability of Success (of 30): 24

Positional value (of 20): 20

Character (of 10): 10

OVERALL: 91

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  • maqman

    This is my number one. He’ll contribute more than every fifth day. His intangibles from leadership and game calling are of significant value (See Jason Varitek). He may not be a Yogi Berra, Johnny Bench or Buster Posey comp but he’s going to be good and the answer to a problem for the M’s for too many years now.