Another season and another all-or-nothing campaign put forth by new Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino in 2018. Already carrying the reputation for being one of the most pronounced strikeout-prone hitters in the game, Zunino's 37.0 K/9 last season was laughable and the corresponding .201 average was predictably terrible. The real shame of Zunino's high-K approach is that it almost completely overshadows some very impressive power as the former third overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft has cracked 25 and 20 home runs the last two seasons. Unfortunately, we just can't stomach the brutal average under a level of strikeouts that make even Joey Gallo recoil with disgust.
2019 PROJECTION: .205 23 HR 57 RBI 44 R 0 SB