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Mariners minor league catcher Mike Zunino has proven why he was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft in his short time in the AFL so far.
Seattle Mariners catching prospect Mike Zunino is 5-for-18 with four runs, four RBI and two triples in the four Arizona Fall League games he's participated in so far.
Zunino hasn't hit under .300 in any of his stops since the Mariners made him the third selection in the 2012 MLB Draft, according to Jonathan Raymond of MLB.com. Before that, Zunino was the Golden Spikes award winner at Florida and a two-time All-American who compiled 19 homers, 53 runs and 67 RBI along with a .322/.394/.669 line in his final season.
The talented defender also threw out 20 base runners in his last year as a Gator and has continued to show that he can be a well-rounded catcher on the next level at all his stops.
Zunino, the No. 4 prospect in the Mariners' system, batted .373 in 29 games in the Northwest League before being promoted to Double-A, where he batted .333 in 15 games.
The Marines have a history of fast-tracking their top prospects (i.e. Dustin Ackley) so it's possible it won't be long until the Safeco crowd is treated to arguably the best collegiate catching prospect since Buster Posey.