Free Agent Profile & Prediction #22: Mike Zunino + Depth Chart Updates

SEATTLE, WA – MAY 26: Mike Zunino #3 of the Seattle Mariners reacts after hitting a walk off solo home run off of relief pitcher Matt Magill #68 of the Minnesota Twins during the 12th inning of a game at Safeco Field on May 26, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 4-3 in 12 innings. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Mike Zunino, a former 3rd overall pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, and one of the 98 players in the history of baseball, with a “Z” last name. So take that as you wish. The catcher has shown some significant amount of power in his career, crossing the 20 HR threshold in three separate seasons, and having a .470 or better SLG in two seasons. Zunino’s biggest problem has always been the absolute failure of consistently getting on base, and striking out at a high rate, as evident by his career .200 Batting Average, and .270 OPS. When Zunino makes contact though, it is electric, posting a 15.8 Barrel percentage, but with that, he also struck out 44.0 percent of the time only 84 plate appearances with Tampa Bay in 2020.

Zunino with the glove, brings the consistency that his bat lacks, posting a positive DRS in all his seasons in the Majors, besides one, and totaling 46 DRS in eight seasons. On the framing side of things, he has shown promise in the previous seasons from 2015-2018, accumulating 24 Runs Extra Strikes, but since 2019, has seen those numbers drop significantly, finishing the two seasons with -7 RES combined. Zunino also has the 15th fastest pop time among qualified catchers with a 1.97 Pop Time, which helps bring his caught stealing numbers to barely above league average at 29 percent.

Zunino needs to find a place where he can get regular reps in 2021, and while it may have to be a earn your play type of spot, I believe Zunino, who is entering his age 30 season, still has some good power seasons ahead of him.

These are the teams I believe are in contention for Mike Zunino: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Mike Zunino signs a 2yr/8.5 million dollar deal with the Chicago White Sox

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .235/.308/.448 .756 OPS 18 HR 52 RBI

Updated Catcher Depth Charts for Each Team According to Predictions:

Arizona Diamondbacks: Carson Kelly, Dalton Varsho, Stephen Vogt, Rene Rivera

Atlanta Braves: Travis D’Arnaud, Tony Wolters

Baltimore Orioles: Pedro Severino, Chance Sisco

Boston Red Sox: Christian Vazquez, Kevin Plawecki, Deivy Grullon

Chicago White Sox: Yasmani Grandal, Mike Zunino, Zack Collins

Chicago Cubs: Wilson Contreras, Matt Wieters, Victor Caratini

Cincinnati Reds: Tucker Barnhart, Tyler Stephenson, Tyler Flowers

Cleveland Indians: Roberto Perez, Austin Hedges, Beau Taylor

Colorado Rockies: Alex Avila, Elias Diaz, Dom Nunez

Detroit Tigers: Wellington Castillo, Eric Haase, Grayson Greiner, Jake Rogers

Houston Astros: Martin Maldonado, Jason Castro, Dustin Garneau, Garrett Stubbs

Kansas City Royals: Salvador Perez, Sandy Leon, Cam Gallagher

Los Angeles Dodgers: Will Smith, Austin Barnes

Los Angeles Angels: Max Stassi, Kurt Suzuki, Anthony Bemboom

Miami Marlins: Jorge Alfaro, Jeff Mathis, Chad Wallach

Milwaukee Brewers: Omar Narvaez, Manny Pina, Jacob Nottingham, Luke Maile

Minnesota Twins: Mitch Garver, Ryan Jeffers, Willians Astudillo

New York Yankees: Kyle Higashioka, Gary Sanchez

New York Mets: James McCann, Tomas Nido, Ali Sanchez

Oakland Athletics: Sean Murphy, Drew Butera, Jonah Heim

Philadelphia Phillies: Austin Romine, Andrew Knapp, Rafael Marchan

Pittsburgh Pirates: Jacob Stallings, Michael Perez, Bryan Holaday

San Diego Padres: Austin Nola, Francisco Mejia, Luis Campusano

San Francisco Giants: Buster Posey, Joey Bart, Chadwick Tromp

Seattle Mariners: Tom Murphy, Robinson Chirinos, Luis Torrens

St. Louis Cardinals: Yadier Molina, Andrew Knizer

Tampa Bay Rays: Tyler Heineman, (minor league catcher)

Texas Rangers: Jose Trevino, Sam Huff, Aramis Garcia

Toronto Blue Jays: Danny Jansen, Alejandro Kirk, Reese McGwire

Washington Nationals: J.T. Realmuto, Yan Gomes, Tres Barrera

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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