Apr 3, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Home plate umpire Sean Barber (29) watches as Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (3) tags out Oakland Athletics left fielder Sam Fuld (29) at home after batting in second baseman Nick Punto (1) during the fifth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators Greats in MLB: Mike Zunino Swinging a Big Bat


Former Florida Gators Catcher Mike Zunino has put together a solid start to his season after struggling towards the end of his mid-season call-up. Out of his five hits, three of them have gone for extra bases, something Seattle desperately needs. Steven Rodriguez has also put together a solid start. Here’s how all eight Gators in the MLB fared this week.

LHP Kevin Chapman (2007, 2009-2010)Houston Astros
In two games played, Chapman’s had a rough go of it. He’s only pitched one inning, giving up two runs on one hit, walking three to post an 18.00 ERA on the young season.

INF Mark Ellis (1996-1999)St. Louis Cardinals
Ellis will start the season on the DL with a knee injury for the defending National League Champion Cardinals. He played last year for the Dodgers and put up solid numbers. In 126 games, Ellis batted .270 with six home runs and 48 RBIs. He’s eligible to come off the DL April 9, but it looks like he’ll stay on the list for a couple of days afterward.

LHP Nick Maronde (2009-2011)Los Angeles Angels
Maronde has seen some playing time this season, with three games pitched in the opening week. During that time, he’s pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one. He has a 3.86 ERA.

RHP Darren O’Day (2003-2006)Baltimore Orioles
O’Day continues to be steady out of the O’s pen. He pitched in two games, pitching two innings, giving up three hits, but zero runs and striking out one for a 0.00 ERA on the season.

INF Ryan Raburn (2000)Cleveland Indians
Raburn played in five games this past week and struggled a little bit. He had two hits and one run over 13 at bats. Raburn also walked once and struck out five times. He’s hitting .154 on the season.

LHP Steven “Paco” Rodriguez (2010-2012)Los Angeles Dodgers
Paco’s pitched in five out of the eight games the Dodgers have played. He’s put together 3 2/3 innings pitched, giving up three hits, two walks, and one run. He’s also struck out four and held two to put together a solid 2.45 ERA.

C David Ross (1998), Boston Red Sox
Ross played in two games as the reserve catcher. In six at bats, Ross had two hits, one RBI, one walk, and one strikeout. He’s hitting .333 on the season with a .429 on-base percentage.

C Mike Zunino (2010-2012)Seattle Mariners
The Big Z has put together a solid start to his season. In five games, he’s hitting .238 with a double, triple, and home run. He has four RBI and two runs scored. His slugging percentage comes in at .524.

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