Top Pick Analysis: Mariners Take Zunino

The decision is final and the pick has been made. How did your favorite team do with their top draft choice? Here at we've got you covered. We're breaking down each of the top picks as they happen on draft day, with a combination of first-hand scouting reports from National Baseball Expert, Frankie Piliere, and quotes from scouts. Let's now take a look at Seattle's top selection.

Mike Zunino

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

Expert's Take:

Zunino has been picked apart a little bit this spring, but it doesn't change his upside. I'm a big believer that Zunino is a 25 home run type bat in the majors and that his makeup will go a long way behind the plate. He's the right guy to lead a pitching staff in the big leagues and his arms profiles well at the position. Is he a superstar? I'm not so sure, but he's going to get there fast and produce.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"I look at the swing and yes, it's a little mechanical at times. But, this guy has the right stuff to be a big league catcher. And, he's a pretty safe bet to hit and possibly hit 25 home runs in the big leagues."

Ceiling: Above Average Everyday Catcher (6)

Ceiling grades based on combination of industry consensus and first hand scouting reports and use the standard 2-8 scouting scale.

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