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Meet Mike Zunino

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The Mariners officially announced the signing of No. 3 overall draft pick Mike Zunino, today at Safeco Field. Reports have Zunino signing a $4 million signing bonus.

The immediate plan for Zunino is to join the Everett Aqua Sox this week. But he will also travel to New York City this weekend for the Golden Spikes award ceremony. Zunino is one of three finalists for the award going to the top college player. He will also travel to the all-star game in Kansas City to be honored.

The Mariners are allowing him to take part in these awards. He will likely really get into full-time playing after the all-star break on July 13. But he may play a few games with the Aqua Sox before then. Zunino said he's been working out and lifting weights since Florida lost out at the College World Series and while he was receiving the Johnny Bench Award for the best college catcher and the Dick Howser Award.

Zunino, 21, was a consensus first-team All-American, the Dick Howser Trophy recipient and Baseball America’s College Player of the Year during his junior season at the University of Florida. He is also one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award that will be presented Friday live on the MLB Network.

As a junior in 2012 he won the Gators Triple Crown, leading the team in batting average (.322), RBI (67) and home runs (19). He helped lead Florida to their third consecutive trip to the College World Series with a 47-20 record.

Zunino hit .327 (224x685) with 58 doubles, 47 home runs and 175 RBI in 193 career games at Florida. The Gators advanced to the College World Series in each of his three seasons in Gainesville, combining for an impressive 147-56 (.724) record. In addition to being named a two-time All-SEC Selection and All-SEC Defensive Team, he was also a Freshman All-American in 2010.

Zunino graduated from Mariner High School in Coral Gables, Fla. He was selected first team All-State in Class 5A his senior year after hitting .464 with 43 hits, 37 RBI, 12 home runs and 9 doubles. Mike was drafted by Oakland in the 30th round of the 2009 June Draft, but elected to attend Florida.

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