Zunino ready for next chapter with M's

Zunino ready for next chapter with M's

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OMAHA, NE - JUNE 27: Catcher Robert Beary #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks makes the out against Mike Zunino #3 of the Florida Gators in the 9th inning during game 1 of the men's 2011 NCAA College Baseball World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on June 27, 2011 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press / KREM 2 Sports

KREM.com

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 3:23 PM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Mike Zunino can't wait to get the whirlwind of being honored for his college career over with so his pro career in the Seattle Mariners organization can begin.

Unlike previous years when top draft picks rarely saw the minor-league field right away, Zunino's debut is coming soon.

The Mariners introduced Zunino on Tuesday, a day after the No. 3 overall pick in June's amateur draft signed his contract with Seattle.

Zunino's trip to Seattle will be brief. Already having traveled twice to the Midwest to accept awards for his stellar college career at Florida, Zunino is off later this week to the Golden Spikes Awards, where he's a finalist. Then he'll make a quick trip to Kansas City, Mo., and the All-Star Game before starting his career with Single-A Everett.

The Spokane Indians host the Aquasox August 11-15.

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