Mike Zunino Named Mariners Starting Catcher

August 5th, 2016

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais all but confirmed the news that has been in development lately. Mike Zunino,who has started 10 of the Mariners last 13 games, has surpassed Chris Iannetta as Seattle's every day catcher. The 25-year-old catcher spent most of the 2016 season in the minors, but has stuck on the Mariners' roster since he was called up on July 20.

Since July 20, in 38 plate appearances, Zunino holds a .258 batting average but a significantly better .432 wOBA and a 179 wRC+. Zuninio's numbers are helped by a 15.8 BB %, though he has struck out in 28.9 percent of his at bats. In Triple-A Tacoma this season, Zunino swatted 17 home runs with a 10.7 walk percentage and a 137 wRC+  in 327 plate appearances.

Zunino currently makes for a nice backup catcher in season-long leagues and could make for a nice No.2 catcher in two-catcher leagues.

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