As soon as Brandon Bantz comes up to the bigs, he is promptly sent back down to make room for fellow catcher Mike Zunino. Bantz wears a simple Minor League version of Major League System 7 All Star gear. Instead of the LG30PRO shin guards Bantz wears LG21PRO shin guards, a simpler version. He does wear a CP30PRO protector, the standard Major League All Star brand protector. It looks to be a Wilson A2000 1791 glove, as you can see here.
And on to Bantz’s replacement, Mariners top prospect Mike Zunino. Mike wears a Nike set of gear. A Nike Elite protector and a set of Pro Gold shin guards with a Nike Titanium Mask. Check Ebay. Zunino also wears a Mizuno PROGMP200 glove in black. Pretty nice gear, I like it.
It looks like Steve Lerud is going to be a Major League catcher. With Carlos Ruiz down with a hamstring and with Erik Kratz’s knee surgery it will be Humberto Quintero and Steve Lerud up with the big league club. Two life-long backups, essentially. Lerud wears a typical set of System 7 catchers gear, a CP30PRO protector and LG30WPRO shinguards. A FM25TI and a CM3000 glove. And after some digging I also found a couple hockey mask pictures here. The hockey mask being an MVP2500. It will be interesting to see Lerud up in the bigs, someone new.
Josh Thole here in AAA Buffalo with the Blue Jay’s farm system. Thole was pushed down after the Jays acquired veteran catcher Henry Blanco. Thole wears a mixture of gear. Using a Nike Pro Gold Protector and a set of Pro Gold Shin Guards with an All Star MVP4000 mask and an All Star CM3000 glove.