Mariners To Promote Mike Zunino

(1090 The Fan) – The Seattle Mariners are continuing their rapid turnover by bringing catcher Mike Zunino to the big league level, according to the team.

Zunino will be in uniform and available for tonight’s game against the Astros.

Though Zunino is a highly-regarded prospect — Baseball America ranked him as the No. 17 prospect in all of baseball entering the 2013 campaign — he has struggled at the plate as a Tacoma Rainier this season. The 22-year-old joins the major league club with a .238 batting average and a .303 on-base percentage. To his credit, Zunino has only had 185 at-bats at the Triple-A level.

With the promotion, Zunino becomes the first position player from the first round of the 2012 draft to make the Majors. Zunino was drafted third overall out of the University of Florida.

The move comes just a few weeks after infield prospect Nick Franklin was promoted.

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