Latest Update Mike Zunino belts a two-run home run Fri Aug, 01, 12:16 AM
Has outstanding hitting ability for the catching position. A natural leader with a good work ethic and intelligence, he has both power and plate discipline. Behind the dish, he is smooth with a good hands and throwing arm.
Flaws: : Must become a little better at handling a pitching staff and receiving pitches. Must also cut down on the number of passed balls he surrenders during the course of a season in order to maximize his vast big-league potential.
The home run was the young catchers team-leading 17th of the season, which also leads all AL catchers, and is tied for second among all catchers behind Reds Devin Mesoraco's 18 on the season. The power is nice but Zunino hit just .171 for the month of July lowering his season average down to a dismal .212.Analyst: Michael Pichan
Zunino has now homered in back-to-back games, bringing his season total up to 16, despite hitting just .214 through 299 at-bats. His power is certainly worth an investment at this point in his career, but only those who can balance out his poor plate discipline should be investing while maintaining a very low batting average. Analyst: Matthew Beck
Zunino will get a day off Wednesday after having caught the last three-straight days. Back-up Jesus Sucre will catch Taijuan Walker, a move that shouldn't surprise anyone given the fact that Sucre and Walker have an established rapport from Tacoma already.Analyst: Howard Bender
After a dismal seven-game 0-for-21 stretch, Zunino's bat finally woke up here in the second half as he is now 3-for-8 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored over his last two games. Of course, he did whiff three times in this game, has a 33-percent strikeout rate and is still sporting a .206 average which is just a total mess. Hopefully we can chalk that up to youthful exuberance and inexperience, because if he can just improve the plate discipline and pull that average up even just a little, those 14 home runs and 36 RBI would resonate just a little louder.Analyst: Howard Bender