Mariners select Mike Zunino with the #3 pick in 2012 MLB draft
IN the 2012 MLB Draft today the Seattle Mariners held the #3 overall pick. They chose Mike Zunino the hot catching prospect from Florida.
Jesus Montero is going to have to find a new role on the Mariners ballclub. Or else they've got a life-long DH.
He's a leader with power.
We wrote this about him earlier this week.
The consensus first round pick for the Mariners, Mike Zunino is considered the best college bat of the draft. Standing at 6’2″ and 185 pounds out of the University of Florida, Zunino has able bodied catcher written all over him.
A plus defender, Zunino shows great instincts behind the dish. He already shows maturity in framing pitches and calling games. Could stand to improve his blocking skills.
Zunino is no stranger to the Draft, taken out of the Florida high school ranks three years ago. His father, Greg, was a 1981 draft pick who played for two seasons in the Yankees system and has been a scout for the past quarter-century.Zunino is the best catcher in this Draft class and he has the potential to be a very good everyday big league backstop.
While he does have a bit of a long swing and can struggle with offspeed stuff at times, he has bat speed and loft, meaning he should have plenty of future power. With some more consistency with his swing, he could be a middle of the order bat.
Behind the plate, he's a natural leader who can run a pitching staff.
Zunino has a very good and accurate arm, good hands and agility, giving him a a package of plus catch and throw skills.
Zunino's dad currently scouts for the Cincinnati Reds. They have the 14th pick in the 2012 Draft and it's looking very unlikely the team will have the chance to unite father and son in one organization.