Mariner grad Zunino called up by Seattle

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Mariner grad Zunino called up by Seattle

CREATED Jun. 12, 2013

SEATTLE, Wa. - The Seattle Mariners called up Mike Zunino from their Triple A Tacoma ball club on Tuesday.  Zunino, a graduate of Cape Coral's Mariner High School, was Seattle's 2012 first-round pick.

The 22-year-old catcher played college baseball at Florida.  He was the third overall pick last year.

"I don't think I could have pictured this a year ago, that this is where I'd be," Zunino said. "It's exceeded everything I've ever dreamed of. So I'll just embrace it and take it as it comes."

Zunino, 22, has hit .238 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs in 47 games for Tacoma this year, with a .303 on-base percentage and .503 slugging percentage. He'll split time with Kelly Shoppach for now., and the club will make another decision on his future once Jesus Sucre is healthy.