In three years at the University of Florida, Zunino developed into one of the premier players in the game. As a junior this past season, Zunino won the Dick Howser Trophy and the Johnny Bench Award, given to the College Player of the Year and the top collegiate catcher, respectively. He is currently a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which recognizes the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
“Every once in awhile, a high first-round-type talent is out there, and that’s what we saw in Mike,” McNamara said.
“I think when you look at what he brings to the table, his offensive numbers are impressive,” Zduriencik said. “But his defensive leadership, what he does behind the plate, I think is going to be very important to this organization as we move forward.”