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Nice little Spring Training video from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times of Mariners catchers Mike Zunino and Kelly Shoppach working on their pitch blocking in Peoria. Baker has more on the drills and some other notes from M’s camp, definitely worth a click through.

Zunino is already one of the best prospects in baseball, showing a big league approach at two levels in his first professional season. Keith Law describes his receiving skills as “adequate” but a trait he can improve with big league-quality instruction, as we see above. Jason Parks lists Zunino’s pitch framing and blocking as weaknesses, echoing Law’s requirement of defensive improvement.

Feel free to apply your own baseball evaluator hat and tell us what you think of Zunino’s form.

Also: is it weird that Kelly Shoppach crouches even when he waits for his turn to block? Classic workingman move: the only time his back/knees don’t hurt is when he’s working. What a life, man.

The baseball Rule IV amateur draft is an inexact science at best. So many moving parts, so much information to parse, it is a wonder that anybody in scouting gets to keep their job for more than a year at a time.

The Mariners likely consider themselves quite fortunate when they drafted catcher Mike Zunino out of Florida this past June. Zunino was considered one of the most polished and advanced players in the draft, a player who figures to insert himself into the Major League conversation in a hurry.

Though his numbers in the 2012 college season left much to be desired, Zunino’s professional debut in the low-A Northwestern League has gone quite well. .373/.474/.736 well, in fact. So well that the Mariners are moving Zunino up to double-A this week, a very aggressive promotion indeed.

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