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Joe Saunders

32-Year-Old Pitcher – Texas Rangers

2014 Stats

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0-1

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9.82

WHIP

2.45

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4

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

The best thing that can be said about Saunders is that he's a capable innings eater. Last season with the Mariners, that's about all he did. He induces a ton of groundballs, but doesn't strike out too...

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STATUS:  15-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Ankle     EST. RETURN:  5/1/2014
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 225   DOB: 6/16/1981
BORN: Springfield, VA   COLLEGE: Virginia Tech  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Joe Saunders Contract Information:

Signed a non-guaranteed, major league deal with the Rangers in March of 2014.

April 16, 2014  –  Joe Saunders News

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Saunders had to cut his bullpen session short Wednesday after feeling renewed pain in his left ankle, ESPNDallas.com reports.

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Joe Saunders Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 23 A Ran 19 19 0 105.7 106 40 13 76 23 9 7 0 3.41 1.22
2004 23 AA ARK 8 8 0 39.0 51 25 5 25 14 4 3 0 5.77 1.67
2005 24 AA ARK 18 18 0 105.7 107 41 9 80 32 8 4 0 3.49 1.32
2005 24 AAA SAL 9 9 0 55.0 65 28 3 29 21 3 3 0 4.58 1.56
2005 24 MAJ LAA 2 2 0 9.3 10 8 3 4 4 0 0 0 7.71 1.50
2006 25 AAA SAL 21 20 0 134.7 117 40 12 97 38 10 4 0 2.67 1.15
2006 25 MAJ LAA 13 13 0 70.7 71 37 6 51 29 7 3 0 4.71 1.42
2007 26 AAA SAL 14 14 0 86.3 89 49 10 84 20 4 7 0 5.11 1.26
2007 26 MAJ LAA 18 18 0 107.3 129 53 11 69 34 8 5 0 4.44 1.52
2008 27 MAJ LAA 31 31 0 198.0 187 75 21 103 53 17 7 0 3.41 1.21
2009 28 MAJ LAA 31 31 1 186.0 202 95 29 101 64 16 7 0 4.60 1.43
2010 29 MAJ LAA 20 20 1 120.7 135 62 14 64 45 6 10 0 0 0 4.62 1.49
2010 29 MAJ ARI 13 13 0 82.7 97 39 11 50 19 3 7 0 0 0 4.25 1.40
2010  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ LAA/ARI 33 33 1 203.3 232 101 25 114 64 9 17 0 0 0 4.47 1.46
2011 30 MAJ ARI 33 33 0 212.0 210 87 29 108 67 12 13 0 0 0 3.69 1.31
2012 31 R Sco 1 1 0 4.1 3 3 0 7 5 0 1 0 0 0 6.23 1.95
2012 31 MAJ BAL 7 7 0 44.7 49 18 4 23 8 3 3 0 0 0 3.63 1.28
2012 31 MAJ ARI 21 21 1 130.0 146 61 17 89 31 6 10 0 0 0 4.22 1.36
2012  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ BAL/ARI 28 28 1 174.7 195 79 21 112 39 9 13 0 0 0 4.07 1.34
2013 32 MAJ SEA 32 32 0 183.0 232 107 25 107 61 11 16 0 0 0 5.26 1.60
2014 33 MAJ TEX 1 1 0 3.7 6 4 1 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 9.82 2.45
3-Year Averages MAJ   31 31 0 189.9 212 91 25 109 55 10 14 0 0 0 4.31 1.41
Career  (View All) MAJ   222 222 3 1,348.0 1474 646 171 773 418 89 82 0 4.31 1.40

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Joe Saunders Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 4 @TB 3.7 6 5 4 1 3 4 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 9.82 2.45
Last 14 Days
0 Games:  Avg. 0.0 IP/G
0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00
Last 30 Days
1 Games:  Avg. 3.7 IP/G
3.7 6 5 4 1 3 4 1 0 0 0-1 0 0 0 9.82 2.45
Last 60 Days
1 Games:  Avg. 3.7 IP/G
3.7 6 5 4 1 3 4 1 0 0 0-1 0 0 0 9.82 2.45

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Joe Saunders Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201316938834703.214
201217238433500.199
201117239632215.199

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013651695319854522.337
2012573743516233321.307
2011675676116932523.280

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201374.0570512494.991.42
201283.36805717135.621.56
201185.7350462794.201.48

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013109.06905637165.451.72
201291.3350552282.661.14
2011120.39706040193.141.17
Joe Saunders Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 23 A Ran 19 19 105.7 6.47 1.96 3.30 1.11 76.7% 3.41 4.01 .295
2004 23 AA ARK 8 8 39.0 5.77 3.23 1.79 1.15 66.7% 5.77 5.05 .351
2005 24 AA ARK 18 18 105.7 6.81 2.73 2.50 0.77 75.4% 3.49 3.79 .310
2005 24 AAA SAL 9 9 55.0 4.75 3.44 1.38 0.49 69.9% 4.58 4.05 .330
2005 24 MAJ LAA 2 2 9.3 3.86 3.86 1.00 2.89 54.5% 7.71 7.85 .239
2006 25 AAA SAL 21 20 134.7 6.48 2.54 2.55 0.80 80.4% 2.67 3.83 .271
2006 25 MAJ LAA 13 13 70.7 6.50 3.69 1.76 0.76 1.44 67% 4.71 4.13 .305
2007 26 AAA SAL 14 14 86.3 8.76 2.08 4.20 1.04 60.6% 5.11 3.49 .331
2007 26 MAJ LAA 18 18 107.3 5.79 2.85 2.03 0.92 1.28 72.4% 4.44 4.23 .336
2008 27 MAJ LAA 31 31 198.0 4.68 2.41 1.94 0.95 1.20 75.3% 91.0 MPH 3.41 4.37 .267
2009 28 MAJ LAA 31 31 186.0 4.89 3.10 1.58 1.40 1.47 72.2% 90.5 MPH 4.60 5.21 .290
2010 29 MAJ LAA 20 20 120.7 4.77 3.36 1.42 1.04 1.16 71.1% 90.5 MPH 4.62 4.79 .305
2010 29 MAJ ARI 13 13 82.7 5.44 2.07 2.63 1.20 1.45 73.3% 90.5 MPH 4.25 4.55 .320
2010  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ LAA/ARI 33 33 203.3 5.05 2.83 1.78 1.11 1.27 72% 90.5 MPH 4.47 4.65 .311
2011 30 MAJ ARI 33 33 212.0 4.58 2.84 1.61 1.23 1.25 76.6% 89.6 MPH 3.69 4.95 .270
2012 31 R Sco 1 1 4.1 15.37 10.98 1.40 0.00 62.5% 6.23 3.44 .397
2012 31 MAJ BAL 7 7 44.7 4.63 1.61 2.88 0.81 1.17 73.6% 88.9 MPH 3.63 3.87 .304
2012 31 MAJ ARI 21 21 130.0 6.16 2.15 2.87 1.18 1.19 72.5% 88.9 MPH 4.22 4.29 .317
2012  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ BAL/ARI 28 28 174.7 5.77 2.01 2.87 1.08 1.18 72.8% 88.9 MPH 4.07 4.17 .314
2013 32 MAJ SEA 32 32 183.0 5.26 3.00 1.75 1.23 2.13 69.4% 89.6 MPH 5.26 4.87 .336
2014 33 MAJ TEX 1 1 3.7 9.82 7.36 1.33 2.45 0.86 62.5% 90.2 MPH 9.82 7.84 .441
3-Year Averages MAJ   31 31 189.9 5.17 2.61 1.98 1.18 72.7% 4.31 4.63 .305
Career MAJ   222 222 1,348.0 5.16 2.79 1.85 1.14 72.4% 4.31 4.66 .301

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2014 Stat Review for Joe Saunders    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

Explain This

1.33 K/BB
TERRIBLE
9.82 K/9
ELITE
7.36 BB/9
TERRIBLE
90.2 MPH Fastball
WEAK
2.5 HR/9
TERRIBLE
0.86 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE FLYBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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9.82 ERA
TERRIBLE
2.45 WHIP
TERRIBLE
7.84 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.441 BABIP
HIGH
62.5% Strand Rate
LOW

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Joe Saunders (by OPS against, min 15 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jhonny Peralta STL 20 10 3 5 1 2 1 .500 1.050 1.574
Alex Rodriguez NY-A 16 7 2 5 1 4 0 .438 .938 1.382
Josh Donaldson OAK 17 8 1 2 0 1 0 .471 .824 1.294
Derek Jeter NY-A 18 9 1 2 1 1 1 .500 .722 1.249
Jeff Baker MIA 19 8 2 4 1 1 0 .421 .789 1.239
Ian Kinsler DET 36 12 4 8 4 1 2 .333 .750 1.140
Chase Headley SD 22 8 1 2 3 1 0 .364 .682 1.122
Chris Carter HOU 16 5 1 1 4 4 0 .313 .625 1.075
Matt Kemp LA 29 9 3 6 4 3 0 .310 .655 1.067
Billy Butler KC 17 6 1 1 6 1 0 .353 .529 1.051

Best Matchups for Joe Saunders (by OPS against, min 15 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Rob Johnson SD 16 2 0 0 2 1 0 .125 .250 .472
Lyle Overbay MIL 16 3 0 1 0 5 0 .188 .250 .438
David Ortiz BOS 23 4 0 1 2 3 0 .174 .174 .414
David DeJesus TB 22 4 0 1 0 4 0 .182 .182 .364
Dexter Fowler HOU 25 3 0 0 1 3 0 .120 .200 .354
Cliff Pennington AZ 20 3 0 0 0 2 1 .150 .200 .350
Kurt Suzuki MIN 31 2 1 1 2 1 0 .065 .161 .283
Ryan Raburn CLE 16 1 0 0 0 4 0 .063 .125 .188
Ryan Howard PHI 15 1 0 0 0 7 1 .067 .067 .133
Ryan Ludwick CIN 15 0 0 1 1 1 0 .000 .000 .059

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Joe Saunders: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Saunders (ankle) was slated for a bullpen session Monday but nonetheless expects to take the mound when he's first eligible for activation from the disabled list Sunday against the White Sox, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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Saunders (ankle) has been placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to April 5, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.

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Saunders (ankle) is confident he'll make his next start. It's not a sure thing, however, that the Rangers will opt to use him, given that the team has a deadline whether to call up Colby Lewis and put him into the rotation the day before Saunders is due to pitch.

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Saunders, who was hit by a line drive Friday, has a bruised ankle after X-rays were negative, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Saunders left Friday's game after taking a line drive off the outside of his left ankle, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Saunders allowed nine runs in 1.2 innings Sunday and attributed the struggles to a "dead arm", the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Saunders has a reputation of being a solid No.3 or 4 starter and his conventional statistics reflect that. But while splitting the season for the Diamondbacks and the Orioles, Saunders quietly put together the best strikeout rate (15.0%) and the lowest walk rate (5.2%) of his career. Naturally, that gave Saunders a career-best 2.87 K/BB ratio. Make no mistake, Saunders is a finesse pitcher who can touch 90 mph with his fastball only on occasion. Saunders' impressive campaign had the Orioles eying a re-sign, but he is certainly going to be courted by several teams in the offseason and will land likely in the middle of the rotation.

2012

In terms of durability, Saunders has proven to be one of the most reliable starters in baseball over the last four seasons. Saunders doesn't offer much to fantasy owners with his low strikeout rate (career 5.02 K/9IP over 986.2 innings) and it would be wise to consider his 4.38 xFIP as a baseline rather than the 3.69 ERA he posted with Arizona on the strength of a 78 percent strand rate and .271 BABIP. Saunders returned to the D-Backs by signing a one-year deal in January, where he should chew up innings in the back of the rotation and afford the team's pitching prospects additional development time.

2011

We always like to think that moving to the National League will significantly increase a starting pitcher's strikeout rate. In Saunders' case, the improvement wasn't overwhelming as he only pushed his mark from 4.8 K/9IP over 120.2 innings with the Angels to 5.4 after he was sent to the D-Backs as part of the Dan Haren trade. His greatest value to Arizona is tied to durability (95 starts since 2008) and that he's a left-handed starter in a rotation that is otherwise entirely right-handed. Given the uncertainty of the D-Backs' bullpen and his propensity to pitch to contact in a hitter-friendly park, Saunders is volatile commodity best left to those in NL-only and very deep mixed formats.

2010

The differences between his 2008 and 2009 sound small - a half-dozen singles, nine homers, 11 walks - but they add up to a lot of runs. Saunders' pitch-to-contact style can be effective, but he needs to walk few hitters and allow few homers for it to work. The truth lies between his last two seasons; Saunders is a worthwhile, if unsexy, fantasy pitcher.

2009

Saunders was supposed to battle Ervin Santana for the final rotation spot in spring training last season yet, like Santana, Saunders found a spot in the rotation and refused to give it back. Unlike Santana, there's a fear that Saunders won't be able to repeat his breakout performance, in no small part due to his inability to miss bats (4.68 K/9 in 2008). That fear is partially addressed by an above-average ability to induce ground balls, but don't be surprised to see him fall off the pace some in 2009.

2008

Saunders was a pleasant surprise for the Angels last season, throwing 107.1 innings while going 8-5 with a 4.44 ERA and earning a spot in the starting rotation. He isnít overpowering (69 strikeouts), but he does throw from the left side and has very good command of his fastball. Saunders will battle Ervin Santana for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, but even if he wins it, Saundersí numbers arenít good enough for him to be a consistent fantasy contributor in most formats.

2007

At age 26 and lacking dominant stuff, Saunders is what he's going to be, a command southpaw who does a lot of things well, and should open the season as the team's sole lefthanded starter, pending Bartolo Colon's availability. The Angels' strong bullpen makes him a decent bet for six-inning wins.

2006

The Angels 2005 minor league pitcher of the year, Saunders has the inside track on the fifth starter's job heading into camp. Mike Scioscia has stated his preference to have at least one lefty in the rotation. Look for Saunders to win the starting job and experience inconsistent results with flashes of promise throughout the season.

2005

Anaheim's No. 1 draft choice in 2002 spent 2003 on the disabled list with a torn rotator cuff. His overall California League performance in 2004 was mediocre, but the recovery process from a torn labrum takes time beyond the return to the field. It'll take improvement in 2005 before he's considered fully back on track.

2004

Anaheim's No. 1 draft choice in 2002 spent 2003 on the disabled list with a torn rotator cuff. His doctors recommended therapy over surgery, and it's anybody's guess as to how Saunders responds in 2004.

2003