Mike Zunino Celebrity Life
Michael Accorsi Zunino or Mike Zunino is an American baseball professional. Born on March 25th, 1991, he plays as a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays in the MLB. He has also featured in the Seattle Mariners
Prior to his professional career, he also played baseball at the college level with the University of Florida. During his junior year, he received several recognitions like the Dick Howser Trophy, Johnny Bench Award, and Golden Spikes Award. He was chosen as the 3rd pick in the MLB drafts of 2012. He played his first game in MLB in 2013.
Professional Playing career
Minor leagues Highlights
Zunino was picked by the Seattle Mariners during the 1st round of the drafts in 2012. He signed for the team and received a huge bonus. Later he was sent to play for the Everett AquaSox from Class A of the League of Northwest. He played for them in the six weeks that he stayed there, recording a batting average of .373, 35 RBIs, and 10 home runs.
He was then sent to the Class double-A and played for the Jackson Generals as a promotion. He posted about .333 in batting average. He also featured with the Peoria Javelinas from the AFL where he made .288 in batting average and was selected to the Rising Stars Match of the AFL.
Zunino began the 2013 campaign with Tacoma Rainiers from the Pacific Coast League Class Triple-A. He recorded .238 along with 59 strikeouts, 43 RBIs, 11 home runs, and 185 at-bats till June 10.
Zunino became a part of the Mariners’ Major League team from June 11th, 2013. He debuted for them the following day and made his 2nd at bat during a pitch of 0-2. During his 3rd at-bat, he struck his first home run. His initial walk-off hit came on June 28th versus the Chicago Cubs. In July, he severely injured his hand and was added to the DL for 15 days.
He made his comeback in the initial days of September and played in a majority of the games as a starter. From 52 matches for the team, he made 14 RBIs and 5 home runs. In 2014, he recorded .199 on average and had 22 home runs to his name. He had just 158 strikeouts and 17 walk-ons.
In the month of August in 2015, he was allotted to Tacoma AAA. He made .174 in batting average and 132 strikeouts from 112 matches he played. He stayed in the Triple-A league till the season closed. Once Chris Iannetta was recruited, Zunino started the season of 2016 playing in AAA league. He received a brief call up in June but went back to the lower leagues in the following month.
He ended the season with a batting average of .207 from 55 games which included 12 homers. He set his career-best statistics in every category of offense in 2017 season but performed at a lower level in 2018 with 44 RBIs, 20 home runs, and .201 in batting average. In May, he stopped a no-hitter by James Paxton in a victory versus the Toronto Blue Jays
Tampa Bay Rays Highlights
Zunino was involved in a player exchange and was sent to Tampa Bay Rays in return for 2 players. He struck his initial home run in April 2019 and scored a two-run shot versus the Kansas City Outfit in a go-ahead call. In November 2019, he agreed to a one year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays to stay for the whole of 2020.
Mike is married to his lover from high school days, Alyssa Barry. The couple was blessed with a son in April 2019.
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