Gators in Pro Baseball: Zunino making a difference for Seattle

Mike Zunino
Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino catches a fly ball from Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu in foul territory for the final out of the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By Kyle Bennett and Aaron Brand

It took Mariners catcher Mike Zunino a few games to get up to speed on the major league pitches he was seeing. But now that he has a week of games under his belt, Zunino has put three balls over the fence and has been vital in Seattle’s 6-3 record since his return to the lineup on April 20. To go along with his three home runs and seven RBIs, his catching ability is next-level as he effortlessly frames balls as strikes to fool umpires.

(The following is a complete and updated list of major and minor league players who went to UF, listed alphabetically by last name)

MLB Players

Harrison Bader (OF) — St. Louis Cardinals

Bader saw his seven-game hitting streak fall by the wayside as he failed to get a hit in both of his at-bats this week. The Cardinals have reduced his role to a pinch runner as of late despite Bader’s .281 batting average this season.

Anthony DeSclafani (RHP) — Cincinnati Reds

Disco, who is on the 60-day DL with a left oblique strain, is eligible to return May 28.

Brian Johnson (RHP) — Boston

Johnson was brutalized in his only outing of the week. He came on to pitch the eighth and ninth innings for Boston on Saturday and gave up five earned runs on seven hits against the Rays including a three-run home run to center fielder Johnny Field. 

Austin Maddox (RHP) — Boston — DL

Maddox is on the 10-day DL as he continues to deal with shoulder inflammation. Maddox has yet to pitch in any game this year after posting good numbers last season, only giving up one run in 17 innings of action.

Darren O’Day (RHP) — Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore relief pitcher had a rough go of it this week for the last-place Orioles, allowing runs in both of his appearances. He allowed a total of three hits in two innings, including giving up a solo home run to Victor Martinez in the ninth inning in a 9-5 loss to Detroit.

Preston Tucker (LF) — Atlanta Braves

Tucker has been relegated to a bench role with the Braves calling up heralded prospect Ronald Acuna. The left fielder is hitting .257 with three home runs and 18 RBIs on the year.

MiLB Players

Peter Alonso (1B) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Alonso hit his fourth, fifth and sixth home runs of the season this week in consecutive games for Binghamton and is carrying a .388 batting average for the club. He has gotten a hit in 16 of 19 games so far this season and is showing major growth from this time last season when his average was hovering around .200.

Shaun Anderson (RHP) — Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants Double-A)

Anderson has not pitched yet this week.

Kevin Chapman (LHP) — Free Agent

Released by the Rochester Red Wings in June of 2017.

Jonathon Crawford (RHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Crawford remains on the disabled list.

Matt den Dekker (LF) — Las Vegas 51s (New York Mets Triple-A)

den Dekker had a two-home run game on April 22, collecting four RBIs. He’s slashing .206 with three homers and eight RBIs on the year.

Dane Dunning (RHP) — Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox Class A Advanced)

Dunning earned a win for the Dash over the Biloxi Shuckers on Thursday. He threw six innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits and struck out four Shuckers.

Alex Faedo (RHP) — Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers Class A Advanced)

Faedo has a 2.74 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 23 innings over four starts. In his most recent outing, the righty threw 6 ⅔ allowing one earned run on four hits, no walks and six Ks.

Nolan Fontana (SS) — Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels Triple-A)

Fontana in on the 7-day disabled list.

Daniel Gibson (LHP) — Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks Triple-A)

Gibson is currently on the 7-day disabled list.

Taylor Gushue (C) — Harrisburg Senators (Washington Nationals Double-A)

Gushue hit an RBI-double and scored a run in a game on Wednesday against the Trenton Thunder. Gushue’s average is now up to .262 after a three-hit game on Saturday.

Dalton Guthrie (SS) — Lakewood BlueClaws (Philadelphia Phillies Class A)

Guthrie’s struggles continue as his average is down to .167 after a three-strikeout performance on Saturday. Guthrie has gotten just one hit in his last 28 at-bats.

Eric Hanhold (RHP) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies — (New York Mets Double-A)

Hanhold earned a two-inning save in his only appearance of the week for Binghamton with three Ks and just one hit allowed.

Mark Kolozsvary (C) — Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds Class A)

Kolozsvary is hitting .255 with six RBIs. He a three-RBI game with a single and a double on Thursday.

Taylor Lewis (RHP) — Free agent

Johnny Magliozzi (RHP) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Magliozzi pitched a perfect inning in his only action this week with all three batters he faced going down on strikes. Since moving up to Double-A, Magliozzi allowed four earned runs over three appearances, holding an 8.31 ERA over 4 ⅓ innings pitched.

Richie Martin (SS) — Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s Class A Advanced)

Martin is hitting .240 with two steals at Double-A this year.

Scott Moss (LHP) — Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds Class A Advanced)

Moss started one game this week and earned a win. He was a pretty solid starter for the Tortugas, going six innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits with three Ks.

Bobby Poyner (LHP) — Pawtucket Red Sox

Poyner has pitched 4 1/3 innings during his rehab assignment after being optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket by Boston last week. He has pitched mostly clean innings but did give up a home run on Monday.

A.J. Puk (LHP) — Stockton Ports (Oakland Athletics Class-A Advanced)

Puk underwent Tommy John surgery and is out for the rest of the season.

Ryan Raburn (OF) — Free agent

Buddy Reed (CF) — Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres Class A Advanced)

Reed has a .365 average with four home runs and 12 stolen bases over his first 20 games of the season. He has produced multi-hit games in three of his last six starts.

Mike Rivera (C) — Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians Class A)

Rivera has started the season slow, hitting just .185, but had back-to-back two-hit games in his last starts before being placed on the seven-day DL.

Paco Rodriguez (LHP) — Free agent

Frank Rubio (RHP) — Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants Class A)

Rubio has converted all of his save opportunities this season, mostly striking out his opponents. This week was no different as he notched two saves with five Ks along the way. The right hander has 18 strikeouts in 12 ⅓ innings this season.

Justin Shafer (RHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Shafer tallied three Ks this week in two appearances and gave up a hit in each appearance with no earned runs on the board.

Logan Shore (RHP) — Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s Class A Advanced)

Shore has yet to pitch in 2018 and is on the DL.

Kirby Snead (LHP) — Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays Class A Advanced)

Snead has a 1.23 ERA and two saves this season. He’s allowed just one earned run with 12 strikeouts over 7 ⅓ innings.

Tim Tebow (LF) — Binghamton Rumble Ponies (New York Mets Double-A)

Tebow had a solid outing on Tuesday where he hit two singles, walked twice and did not strike out all game. Over the next three games, Tebow struck out a total of eight times and got just one hit. His batting average is 10 points higher than last week at .224.

Josh Tobias (2B) — Portland Sea Dogs (Boston Red Sox Double-A)

Tobias is hitting a respectable .311 but has failed to get a hit in two games this week.

Casey Turgeon (3B) — Free agent

Danny Young (LHP) — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays Double-A)

Young appeared in two games this week. He allowed an earned run on four hits while striking out a total of six batters.


Red Sox pitcher Austin Maddox (10-day DL)
Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson
Red Sox pitcher Bobby Poyner
Orioles pitcher Darren O’Day
Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (10-day DL)
Braves outfielder Preston Tucker



Angels infielder Nolan Fontana