2012 Draft Scouting Report: Mike Zunino

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at catcher, Mike Zunino.

Name: Mike Zunino
Position: Catcher
School: Florida
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 220
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Team USA, Cape Cod League

Physical Description

Zunino is as strong as they come. He already has a big league frame and he's as strongly built a player as you'll find. Some amateur players need to add a lot of strength as pros. Zunino isn't one of those players


He plays a premium position but the bat is Zunino's ticket to the big leagues. His swing is extremely compact and he stays inside the ball very well. He's able to let the ball travel deep and most of his hits come between left-center and right-center field. He won't do it with speed, but purely on his hit tool Zunino looks like a .300 hitter in the big leagues. And, with his plus plate discipline and bat speed, he looks like a player who could rocket up the minor league ladder.


Zunino currently shows plus pull power. It's not showing up to all fields just yet, as he is more of a line drive hitter to right field right now. But, he already appears to project as a 25-30 home run threat in the big leagues. He has easy lift in his swing and he's one of the few college players that seem to show no ill effects from the new bats.


One of Zunino's strongest points is his leadership from behind the plate. He's a plus makeup player and he handles his pitchers very well even at such a young age. He also shows plus arm strength and decent agility. There's little doubt about his ability to stick behind the plate as a professional.


Zunino is already a very large young man and speed will become less and less a part of his game. He moves well for a catcher but projects to have fringe-average speed at best at the next level.


What you're getting with Mike Zunino is a very rare package. He's going to be a catcher with little doubt about his defense, along with plus leadership skills and the potential to be an impact player at the dish. That type of talent is a slam dunk for the top ten overall picks.

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