Mark Mulder of ESPN does an excellent job breaking down the mechanics of one of last night’s pitchers.
And here’s today’s Mariners minor-league report. Big night for Mike Zunino, who went 3-for-3, including his eighth home run, in a Tacoma loss at Reno. But what’s going on with his home-road splits? Zunino is Johnny Bench on the road, hitting .377 (26-for-69) with eight doubles, seven homers, 28 RBIs and an .826 slugging percentage. But in the unfriendly confines of Cheney Stadium, he’s hitting .077 (5-for-65) with three doubles, one homer, eight RBIs and a .200 slugging percentage. I know it’s not as much of a hitter’s palace as some other PCL ballparks, but that’s eye-opening.
Jesus Montero, by the way, started at first base and went 1-for-4 with a double and RBI. Franklin Gutierrez, who is on a rehab assignment, continued to struggle. He was 0-for-5, and his average dropped to .125 (4-for-32, with no extra-base hits).
Got to give a shout out to right-hander Dylan Unsworth, who worked five shutout innings for Class A Clinton last night to raise his record to 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Unsworth has walked just two batters in 52 innings, and since issuing a walk to Twins top prospect Byron Buxton in the fifth inning of his second start on April 14, has worked 42 straight innings without a free pass. Unsworth is 20 years old, and hails from the baseball hotbed of Durban, South Africa.