Mariners call up prospect Mike Zunino
Mike Zunino was the third overall pick of last year’s MLB draft. Today, he is a catcher in the Major Leagues.
Zunino was called up by the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday from Triple-A Tacoma. According to the Associated Press, Zunino is the first position player to be called up to the big leagues from the 2012 draft.
Zunino was hitting .238 with 11 home runs and 43 runs batted in for Tacoma.
According to Jonathan Mayo, Zunino is the 22nd best prospect and second best catching prospect in baseball behind Travis d’Arnaud.
Zunino,22, was an All- American at the University of Florida and will split time with veteran catcher Kelly Shoppach, according to MLB.com. Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriiencik said they had a later target date for Zunino to be called up but have dealt with injuries at the catcher position.
Zunino was not in the line up for the Mariners on Tuesday but took batting practice with the team before the game against the Houston Astros.
“I don’t think I could have pictured this a year ago, that this is where I’d be,” Zunino said. “It’s exceeded everything I’ve ever dreamed of. So I’ll just embrace it and take it as it comes.”