Mariners recall RHP Emilio Pagan & C Mike Zunino from Triple-A Tacoma

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves.

May 22nd, 2017

Washington D.C. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today the following roster moves.

•   Emilio Pagan, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma

•   Mike Zunino, C, recalled from AAA Tacoma

•   Tuffy Gosewisch, C, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 5/21)

•   Chris Heston, RHP, recalled from AAA Tacoma (post-game 5/21)

•   Daniel Vogelbach, INF, optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game 5/21)

Pagan, 26, was 1-0 with 2 saves and a 3.24 ERA (6 ER, 16.2 IP) with 21 strikeouts in 10 relief appearances with AAA Tacoma. During his first stint with Seattle (May 2-6), he went 0-1 with a 16.88 ERA (5 ER, 2.2 IP) with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk in 2 relief appearances. In parts of 5 minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, Pagan has compiled a record of 12-15 with 48 saves and a 2.49 ERA (67 ER, 242.1 IP) with 290 strikeouts in 155 career appearances, all in relief. He made 2 scoreless relief appearances with Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic this spring, tossing a scoreless frame against Team Venezuela on March 18 and blanking Team USA in the 9th inning of the Championship Game on March 22. The native of Greenville, SC, was originally selected by the Mariners in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Belmont Abbey College (Belmont, NC). 

Zunino, 26, hit .293 (12x41) with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 5 home runs and 11 RBI in 12 games with AAA Tacoma. He hit 3 home runs in his last two games. After opening the season in the Majors, he hit .167 (12x72) with 8 runs, 5 doubles and 2 RBI in 24 games with the Mariners this season. He played in 24 of the team's first 29 games this season, including 21 starts. Zunino hit .207 (34x164) with the Mariners in 2016, while slugging 12 home runs and driving in 31 in 55 games played. He's spent his entire professional career with Seattle since being drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft. He's spent parts of five seasons with the Mariners, debuting in 2013 and appearing in the Majors every year since. For his career he's a .193 hitter in 374 big league games with 48 doubles, 2 triples, 50 home runs and 135 RBI.

Gosewisch, 33, hit .071 (2x28) with 1 run in 11 games with Seattle after he was recalled on May 5. With AAA Tacoma, he hit .240 (12x50) with 5 runs, 4 doubles, 7 RBI and 8 walks in 17 games with the Rainiers. He threw out 7-of-14 baserunners (50%), at the time of recall, it was the 2nd-highest caught stealing percentage in the Pacific Coast League this season among qualifying catchers. Gosewisch was claimed off waivers by the Mariners from the Atlanta Braves on January 26, 2017. Prior to that he was claimed by the Braves from the Arizona Diamondbacks on November 18, 2016. In parts of 4 seasons with Arizona (2013-16) and Seattle (2017), he has hit .190 (80x420) with 25 runs scored, 17 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs, 30 RBI and 18 walks in 137 games. In 10 minor league seasons with Philadelphia (2005-2012), Toronto (2012), Arizona (2013-2016) and Seattle (2017), he hit .246 (676x2747) with 332 runs scored, 177 doubles, 7 triples, 61 home runs and 336 RBI in 817 career games. 

Heston, 29, was the starting pitcher for Seattle yesterday. In two stints in the Majors this season, he is 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA (12 ER, 5.0 IP) with 3 strikeouts. With AAAA Tacoma, he was 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA (12 ER, 31.2 IP) with 28 strikeouts and 11 walks in 6 starts, including 1 shutout. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander has gone at least 5.0 innings in 5 of his 6 starts with Tacoma. During his first stint, April 23-25, he appeared in 1 game with the Mariners, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits while striking out 1 in 2.0 innings on April 25 at Detroit. In parts of 4 Major League seasons with the Giants (2014-16) and Mariners (2017), he is 13-13 with a 4.62 ERA (99 ER, 193.0 IP) with 161 strikeouts in 40 games, including 33 starts. In eight minor league seasons with San Francisco (2009-2016) and Seattle (2017), Heston is 50-55 with a 3.63 ERA (359 ER, 889.0 IP) with 735 strikeouts and 268 walks in 157 games, including 151 starts. He was drafted by the Giants in the 12th round of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player draft out of East Carolina University (Greenville, NC).

Vogelbach, 24, went 1-for-3 in his one day stint with Seattle and in two stints (April 23-May 2 & May 21) in the Majors this season, he has hit .176 (3x17) with 1 RBI. With AAA Tacoma, he was hitting .262 (27x103) with 13 runs, 4 doubles, 5 home runs, 24 RBI and a .379 on-base percentage in 31 games. He made his Major League debut with Seattle last season, appearing in 8 games in September. He was acquired from Chicago-NL on July 20, 2016 along with Paul Blackburn (rhp) for Mike Montgomery (lhp) & Jordan Pries (rhp). In seven minor league seasons, he is a career .285 (587x2061) hitter with 319 runs, 122 doubles, 7 triples, 88 home runs, 379 RBI and a .390 on-base percentage in 575 career games. He was selected by Chicago-NL in 2nd round of 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Verot High School (Fort Myers, FL).