Mariners calling up catching prospect Mike Zunino

USA TODAY Sports

The Mariners are looking for a spark to their offense and are calling up catching prospect Mike Zunino.

The Mariners are struggling to score runs this season, ranking 24th in the majors in runs scored. Coming into the season, there was high hopes for the team, as they made changes to the dimensions are Safeco Park in the hope that they could hit more home runs at home, but that hasn't worked out so well. Safeco is currently the second toughest ball park to hit a home run in this season, suppressing home runs by 35% vs the rest of the league. The team also traded for outfielder Mike Morse, first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales and called up Nick Franklin, but they still struggle to score runs. They even sent Jesus Montero down to AAA to see if a demotion could cure his hitting woes. He is currently hitting just .250-.300-.429 with a 30% strikeout rate.

Today, the Mariners have called up top catching prospect Mike Zunino to help spark the team. Here is Larry Stone, beat writer for the Seattle Times, with the Zunino news, via Twitter:

The call up is a bit of a surprise, because after a fast start to the 2013 season, Zunino has struggled at the plate, hitting .238-.303-.503 with 11 HRs, 34 runs and 43 RBI in 47 games for AAA Tacoma. After demolishing three levels of the minors in 2012, Zunino started the season in AAA, and it appears he may not have been ready for the level this season. His strikeout rate has jumped from 17% to 28% this season, while his walk rate has dropped fro,m 12% to 6.7%.

I am not sure Zunino is ready for the big leagues, so I would not rush out to grab him off of the waiver wire, unless you are in a two catcher league, or in an AL-only, two catcher league.

Anyway, h

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Fake Teams

You must be a member of Fake Teams to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fake Teams. You should read them.

Join Fake Teams

You must be a member of Fake Teams to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fake Teams. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker