Mariners sign 1st round pick Mike Zunino

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 3 at 10:21 AM

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners have signed first-round draft pick catcher Mike Zunino, who was taken with the No. 3 overall selection in June's amateur draft.

The Mariners announced Zunino's signing on Monday evening. He is to be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Zunino, from Florida, was considered the best college position player available in the draft. Zunino was the Southeastern Conference player of the year in 2011 and was a first-team All-American in 2012 despite seeing his numbers slide from his stellar sophomore season.

Zunino won the Johnny Bench award as the top college catcher and is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award given to the top player in college.

Zunino helped Florida reach the College World Series and concluded the season hitting .322 with 19 homers and 67 RBIs.

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