Rain puts Zunino’s debut on hold

EVERETT — The Seattle Mariners were all set to unveil the newest crown jewel of their minor-league system Friday night.

Mother Nature had other ideas.

The professional debut of the Mariners’ 2012 first-round draft pick, Mike Zunino, was pushed back a day when the Everett AquaSox’s game against the Tri-City Dust Devils was postponed because of unplayable field conditions.

Zunino, a catcher selected third overall in the amateur draft out of the University of Florida, was scheduled to make his debut with the Sox on Friday. The 2012 Golden Spikes Award winner as the nation’s top amateur baseball player was set to serve as the designated hitter and was penciled into the No. 5 spot in Everett’s batting order.

However, two massive cloudbursts prior to the first pitch dumped large amounts of water onto the outfield at Everett Memorial Stadium. The rain stopped, but the outfield grass didn’t dry. After delaying the game’s start for more than 90 minutes, the decision was made to postpone the contest.

Zunino will instead play his first professional game Saturday as part of a doubleheader. The Sox and Dust Devils will play two seven-inning games, with the first contest starting at 5:05 p.m.

Everett, 20-7 and leading the Northwest League’s West Division, has won the first two games of the five-game series.

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