Little background here. Dave Cameron runs the USS Mariner blog, a fan site devoted to...well, take a guess. Dave's a statistically oriented guy (used to write for Baseball Prospectus), a homer and kind of an ass.
Still, he's fairly well known, so I thought it was cool to see him get this
excited about Mike Zunino, who at two different minor league stops this year has hit .360/.447/.689. From Cameron:
And with every passing day where he destroys quality pitching in Double-A, the talk about whether Zunino could actually break camp with the Mariners next year gets a little bit louder. Thatís still a longshot at best....In reality, it makes sense for Zunino to begin the 2013 season in Tacoma. The organization can give him more time to develop, let him face another level of advanced pitching, delay his free agency by a year, and give John Jaso a real shot to show what he can do as a regular catcher simply by not pushing Zunino in a historically unique way. If he destroys the PCL for the first few months of 2013, then the team can start to make plans to open up the catching job for him....But, the reality is that Zunino has forced himself into the teamís 2013 plans.