if you have some time to kill this weekend, here’s a collection of videos on the Rays new catcher Mike Zunino.
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By now you should know Zunino can crush some baseballs, so let’s go through some well struck pitches from the year, starting with my favorite against Dallas Keuchel:
How much power does he have? In college he broke a metal bat!
But he also has reach. Watch him go golfing against Marcus Stroman, oppo field:
I mean he can get low to get some pitches below the zone. Here’s a single well reached:
And here’s what it looks like when he pulls one, casually. Again, it’s Keuchel!
Here’s what he can do with a pitch low and away (nice slo-mo look at his swing included):
And here’s Zunino reaching on a pitch high and away to knock one over the head of Trout:
Here’s what he might look like hitting at the Trop on a regular basis:
And finally, Statcast has this dinger going 470 feet, so I just had to include it:
That was 116 mph off the bat, and scared a small child. Mercy!
(Also, it should be noted we should see a lot of missed pitches in addition to the ones he connects on)
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Let’s start with a two-for-one defensive special, starting with a pitch blocked:
Here’s Zunino catching the speedy Ahmed running:
Which he also did to the Rays. This was a tough one to swallow last season, with Wendle getting caught to end the game:
You might also remember Zunino gunning down Robertson at first base
This one feels better, getting Correa off a breaking ball that could have easily gotten away:
And my favorite, this basket catch:
And to conclude, here’s a collection of videos discussing Zunino, including MLB Network on his winning the Defensive Player of the Year award:
His own words on the Rays deal:
Rays GM Neander’s take on why they went and got this catcher:
Here’s seven minutes of Zunino answering fan questions:
And finally, here’s Zunino mic’d up from Spring Training as he works with pitchers: