Michael Accorsi Zunino…resides in Cape Coral, FL with wife Alyssa…played college baseball at the University of Florida…led UF to three consecutive College World Series…Golden Spikes Award, Johnny Bench Award, Dick Howser Trophy winner in 2012…father, Greg, is a scout with the Cincinnati Reds…mother, Paola, was a catcher on the Italian national softball team… 2009 graduate of Mariner High School (Coral Gables, FL)…selected All-State in Class 5A his senior year after batting .464 with 12 home runs.
Appeared in 131games, making 126 starts (C-125,DH-1), hitting .199 (87x438) with51 runs, 20 doubles, 2 triples, 22 home runs and 60 RBI... Set a club record forhome runs by a catcher with 22, breaking the old record of 19 setby Miguel Olivo in 2011…22 home runs were 2nd among AL catch-ers (McCann, NYY, 23) and tied for3rd-most in the Majors…Zunino recorded more extra-base hits (44) than singles (43) during the season... T3rd in the Majors in home runs by a catcher behind Cincinnati's Devin Mesoraco (25) and New York's Brian McCann (23)... When he hit his 20th home run of the season at 23 years and 186days, he became the 5th-youngest catcher to put up a 20-double, 20-home run seasonbehind Johnny Bench (21.299 in 1969), Brian McCann (22.223 in 2006), Johnny Bench(22.298 in 1970) & Gary Carter (23.177 in 1977)... Led the American League with 17 hit by pitches, the 2nd-most in Mariners history(Jose Guillen, 19 in 2007)... Hit .252 (33x131) with 8 doubles and 5 home runs vs. LHP; .176 (54x307)with 12 doubles, 2 triples and 17 home runs vs. RHP... Ranked 2nd in the AL and 4th in the Majors with a 3.18 catchers ERA andhis 1121.0 innings caught ranked 2nd in the AL... Caught in 130 games (125 starts), just the 7th season by a Mariners catcherwith 130+ games caught and 125+ starts at catcher…1,121.0 innings caught ranked 5th in single-season club history... Hit 15 of 22 home runs in his ﬁnal 73 games (June 20-end of season)... Led the team and ranked 6th in the American League with 158 strikeouts... Went 4-for-5 on April 29 in his Yankee Stadium debut setting a career-high in hits and becoming the 15th player to get 4+ hits in his ﬁrst game at Yankee Stadium (new or old)... Made ﬁrst Opening Day roster…was youngest player on Seattle Opening roster.
Appeared in 52 games, making 48 starts at catcher…Mariners were 25-23 in his starts. Hit .214 (37x173) with 5 home runs and 14 RBI in 52 games. Hit 2 home runs Sept. 25 vs. Kansas City (2x4, 2 HR, 2 RBI). On disabled list with a fractured hamate bone in his left hand July 26-Sept. 1. Recorded walk-off single in 10th inning June 28 vs. Chicago (NL)… at 22 years and 95 days old, became the third-youngest Mariner with a game-ending RBI, behind Alex Rodriguez (20.248, 3/31/96) and Danny Tartabull (21.317, 9/11/84). Hit first career home run June 14 at Oakland in his second career start. Made MLB debut June 12 vs. Houston…went 1-for-4 with a single off Jordan Lyles.