June 9, 2012; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators catcher Mike Zunino leads off second base during game one of the Gainesville super regional at McKethan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-US PRESSWIRE
The Seattle Mariners have officially signed first round pick Mike Zunino, the club has announced.
The #Mariners have officially signed first-round draft pick Mike Zunino. He will be introduced at a news conference tomorrow at 1 p.m.— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 3, 2012
The 3rd overall pick in the draft, the 6' 2" 220-pound catcher agreed to a $4 million bonus, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. With an allotted slot value of $5.2 million, Zunino joins fellow top picks Carlos Correa and Byron Buxton in signing for under the recommended amount of money.
First round pick Mike Zunino will get a $4M signing bonus from the #mariners, source says.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 3, 2012
The power-hitting catcher hit .322/.394/.669 with 19 home runs for the Florida Gators this year, won the Johnny Bench award for the NCAA's best catcher and is a finalist for the Golden Spikes award.
Expected to sign from day one, the only thing holding up the deal was Zunino freeing up enough time in his schedule to complete a physical and sign the appropriate paperwork.
How long will Zunino take to reach the Mariners' big league club?