Latest Update Mike Zunino hits 14th home run Tue Jul, 22, 07:43 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.
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
Although Sunday's performance was nice to see form this up-incoming catcher, Zunino is batting just .095 with one home run and four RBI in 42 July at-bats, dropping his season average to .205 up to his point. His power production is certainly not something to laugh about (13 HR), but until he starts to show more consistency he remains a fringe fantasy catcher at best outside of AL-only leagues. Analyst: Matthew Beck
Zunino has just seven hits over his last 10 games, but four of them have left the yard. The youngster could be in line for a slight increase in playing time after the team DFA'd catcher John Buck following Monday's game.Analyst: Michael Pichan
After going 0-for-8 in the first two games of this series, Zunino will get a break and take a seat for the Sunday matinee. John Buck will make a start behind the dish in his place.Analyst: Howard Bender