Mariners' top Draft pick enjoying start to career

Mariners' top Draft pick enjoying start to career

SEATTLE -- Mariner fans hope Mike Zunino's success at short-season Class A Everett marks the beginning of great things for the catcher, but the third-overall selection in June's First-Year Player Draft is focused on enjoying his first taste of professional baseball.

"I'm having a blast," Zunino said. "It's just one of those things that the biggest transition is playing every day. I'm having a good time with the great coaches, great players here, so it's made it real easy."

Zunino and his AquaSox teammates took in the Mariners' batting practice from the field prior to Monday's game against the Blue Jays at Safeco Field on their off-day.

It is the rarity of days off that Zunino said was the hardest part of the transition from Florida to professional baseball. But his body has held up so far and there are positives to playing almost every day, he said.

"You have a bad game or good game, the next day is, you got to come out focused again," he said. "It's definitely nice, got to have a short memory span, but I've been having a blast doing it."

Zunino has been playing well, too. In 16 games, the 21-year-old is hitting .356 with six home runs, five doubles and 13 RBIs. He's even provided late-inning heroics, tying Saturday's game with a two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.