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Mariners | Mike Zunino focusing on defense

Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino, who is hot with the stick at Triple-A Tacoma and is among the Class AAA leaders in home runs with 11, said he's been focusing more on his defense this season. "That's the most important aspect. I'm working on receiving, and throwing and my whole game back there," he said. "That's what's going to prolong a career. The bat will be there. But I know I can't overlook the defensive side of things, and that's what I'm working on this year." Zunino has only three passed balls and has thrown out 27 percent of base stealers in 39 games.

Fantasy Tip: Zunino's bat is probably very close to being major league-ready, but the M's have taken their time in bringing him up. Now that his defense is improving as well, Zunino could be very close to the full package. It's unclear if a call-up is in his near future with the team struggling. Keeper leaguers should be stashing him already, but you can hold off in other formats.

2013-06-03 15:40:13 | Source: MiLB.com - Josh Jackson

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