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Mark Zagunis
Name: Mark Raymond Zagunis
Born: Feb 5, 1993 in Willingboro, NJ
College: Virginia Tech
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (78th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2014 (signed for $615,000)
Zagunis' father, a high school assistant coach, moved him behind the plate in high school in south Jersey, and he is still trying to prove to scouts that he can be an everyday backstop. He started 28 of 62 games behind the plate for Virginia Tech's 2013 regional team, while also playing the corner outfield spots. He has been the regular catcher this year as well as the team's leading hitter and No. 2 basestealer. A successful high school quarterback, Zagunis shows more athleticism than the average college catcher, with plus speed to go with his powerful 6-foot, 212-pound frame. He's not afraid to take a walk and has a line-drive approach that should allow him to hit for average. His slugging percentage has declined by 100 points this season with less protection in the lineup, with just two homers after 14 his first two seasons. Teams still recognize his overall offensive track record, however, and see an impressive power/speed combination. Zagunis' receiving and defense remain below-average. He needs reps receiving and blocking, and his above-average arm strength hasn't translated to throwing out basestealers; he has thrown out less than 20 percent for his career.
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