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Zunino Introduced, Eager to Start Pro Career

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Catcher Mike Zunino, the Seattle Mariners' first-round draft choice, answers questions during his introduction to the media prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field on July 3, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Catcher Mike Zunino, the Seattle Mariners’ first-round draft choice, answers questions during his introduction to the media prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Safeco Field on July 3, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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SEATTLE (AP/CBS Seattle) — The Mariners’ 2012 first-round selection Mike Zunino says he can’t wait for his pro career to start — and he’s already on the fast track to get it moving along.

Draftees for the past few seasons have typically eased into a role with one of the Mariners’ minor league clubs. But this year, Zunino’s Single-A Everett debut is coming shortly after next week’s All-Star Game.

The team introduced Zunino on Tuesday, a day after the No. 3 overall pick in June’s amateur draft signed his contract with Seattle.

Zunino’s trip to Seattle will be brief. Already having traveled twice to the Midwest to accept awards for his stellar college career at Florida, Zunino is off later this week to the Golden Spikes Awards, where he’s a finalist.

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