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Michael Saunders

30-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

2016 Stats

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.253

HR

24

RBI

57

R

70

SB

1

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Saunders was brought in from Seattle to lock down the Blue Jays' left field job, but a knee injury sustained in spring training set off an unfortunate chain of events for the 29-year-old. Originally t...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 228   DOB: 11/19/1986   BORN: Victoria, BC Canada   COLLEGE: Tallahassee (FL) CC   DRAFTED: 11th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Michael Saunders Contract Information:

Agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.9M deal with the Blue Jays in Jan. 2016, avoiding arbitration.

November 7, 2016  –  Michael Saunders News

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Saunders did not receive a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays and is now a free agent, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

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Michael Saunders Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2006 19 A A 104 407 359 48 86 22 10 8 4 39 22 7 48 103 0 0 0 .240 .329 .345 .674
2007 20 A HIG 108 491 431 91 129 43 25 4 14 77 27 10 60 116 0 0 0 .299 .392 .473 .865
2007 20 AA WES 15 60 52 8 15 4 1 2 1 7 2 1 7 20 1 0 0 .288 .373 .442 .815
2008 21 AA WES 67 289 248 46 72 29 18 3 8 30 11 6 30 66 6 1 4 .290 .375 .484 .859
2008 21 AAA TAC 24 105 95 12 23 8 4 1 3 16 1 2 9 30 1 0 0 .242 .308 .400 .708
2009 22 AAA TAC 64 282 248 58 77 30 15 2 13 32 6 3 25 48 4 2 3 .310 .378 .544 .922
2009 22 MAJ SEA 46 129 122 13 27 4 1 3 0 4 4 1 6 40 1 0 0 .221 .258 .279 .537
2010 23 AAA TAC 21 93 80 6 16 1 1 0 0 5 4 0 11 17 1 1 0 .200 .293 .213 .506
2010 23 MAJ SEA 100 327 289 29 61 23 11 2 10 33 6 3 35 84 2 1 0 .211 .295 .367 .662
2011 24 AAA TAC 64 291 236 51 68 21 11 3 7 38 10 3 50 71 2 1 2 .288 .415 .449 .864
2011 24 MAJ SEA 58 179 161 16 24 7 5 0 2 8 6 2 12 56 5 1 0 .149 .207 .217 .424
2012 25 MAJ SEA 139 553 507 71 125 53 31 3 19 57 21 4 43 132 1 1 1 .247 .306 .432 .738
2013 26 AAA TAC 3 16 11 2 2 2 1 1 0 2 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 .182 .375 .455 .830
2013 26 MAJ SEA 132 468 406 59 96 38 23 3 12 46 13 5 54 118 1 6 1 .236 .323 .397 .720
2014 27 AAA TAC 15 71 55 11 18 5 3 1 1 9 0 0 16 15 0 0 0 .327 .479 .473 .952
2014 27 MAJ SEA 78 263 231 38 63 22 11 3 8 34 4 5 26 59 2 4 0 .273 .341 .450 .791
2015 28 A+ DUN 9 33 30 2 7 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 3 8 0 0 0 .233 .303 .333 .636
2015 28 MAJ TOR 9 36 31 2 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 5 10 0 0 0 .194 .306 .194 .500
2016 29 MAJ TOR 140 558 490 70 124 59 32 3 24 57 1 2 59 157 1 3 5 .253 .338 .478 .816
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3-Year Averages     75 284 250 36 64 26 14 2 10 31 1 2 30 75 1 2 1 .256 .336 .448 .784
Career  (View All)     702 2,513 2,237 298 526 206 114 17 75 242 55 22 240 656 13 16 7 .235 .309 .402 .711

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Michael Saunders: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 128 106 1 22 9
2015 9 3 6
2014 71 1 12 68 2
2013 126 24 78 34 2
2012 136 22 113 5
2011 56 12 46
2010 89 77 14 4
2009 39 39 4

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Michael Saunders Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016109148130.275.569.927
201530010.667.6671.417
2014618080.262.328.680

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20163815616441.247.451.783
2015282020.143.143.393
2014170308264.276.494.831

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20162413410251.266.481.834
201540000.000.000.000
201499144151.253.455.785

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20162493614320.241.474.797
2015272030.222.222.566
2014132244193.288.447.796
Michael Saunders Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2006 19 A A 407 359 11.8% 25.3% 0.47 71% .325 .105
2007 20 A HIG 491 431 12.2% 23.6% 0.52 73% .382 .174
2007 20 AA WES 60 52 11.7% 33.3% 0.35 62% .452 .154
2008 21 AA WES 289 248 10.4% 22.8% 0.45 73% .368 .194
2008 21 AAA TAC 105 95 8.6% 28.6% 0.30 68% .323 .158
2009 22 AAA TAC 282 248 8.9% 17% 0.52 81% .342 .234
2009 22 MAJ SEA 129 122 4.7% 31% 0.15 67% .329 .058
2010 23 AAA TAC 93 80 11.8% 18.3% 0.65 79% .254 .013
2010 23 MAJ SEA 327 289 10.7% 25.7% 0.42 71% .262 .156
2011 24 AAA TAC 291 236 17.2% 24.4% 0.70 70% .386 .161
2011 24 MAJ SEA 179 161 6.7% 31.3% 0.21 65% .214 .068
2012 25 MAJ SEA 553 507 7.8% 23.9% 0.33 74% .298 .185
2013 26 AAA TAC 16 11 18.8% 6.3% 3.00 91% .200 .273
2013 26 MAJ SEA 468 406 11.5% 25.2% 0.46 71% .304 .161
2014 27 AAA TAC 71 55 22.5% 21.1% 1.07 73% .436 .146
2014 27 MAJ SEA 263 231 9.9% 22.4% 0.44 74% .335 .177
2015 28 A+ DUN 33 30 9.1% 24.2% 0.38 73% .318 .100
2015 28 MAJ TOR 36 31 13.9% 27.8% 0.50 68% .286 .000
2016 29 MAJ TOR 558 490 10.6% 28.1% 0.38 68% .324 .225
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3-Year Averages     284 250 10.6% 26.4% 0.40 70% .327 .192
Career     2,513 2,237 9.6% 26.1% 0.37 71% .299 .167

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2016 Stat Review for Michael Saunders    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.253 AVG
WEAK
68% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.324 BABIP
ABOVE AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.478 SLG
GREAT
.225 ISO
GREAT
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.38 BB/K
WEAK
10.6% BB Rate
GREAT
28.1% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.816 OPS
GOOD
.338 OBP
GOOD

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

Saunders is unlikely to be extended a qualifying offer from the Blue Jays, Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reports.

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The Jays remain noncommittal regarding Saunders, a potential free agent, and whether they will make a qualifying offer to keep him in 2017, ESPN reports.

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Saunders is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox, Barry Davis of SportsNet reports.

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Saunders is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

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Saunders went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in Sunday's victory over the Yankees.

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Saunders is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays, Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star reports.

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Saunders is out of the lineup Saturday against the Red Sox.

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Saunders is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays, Sportsnet's Barry Davis reports.

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Saunders went 1-for-2 with a home run, two walks and two runs scored in a 5-3 win over the Orioles on Wednesday.

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Saunders went 2-for-3 with a double, a two-run homer and two runs scored Tuesday in Baltimore.

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2016

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2015

For the second year in a row, Saunders' season was ruined by injuries as he played just 78 games in 2014. General manager Jack Zduriencik criticized Saunders' work ethic in October, saying that some of Saunders' injuries could have been prevented. Perhaps, but a hyperextended knee, shoulder impingement, strained oblique and viral infection injuries that cost Saunders time last season aren't necessarily maintenance issues. Whatever the case, it's clear that Saunders needs a full season of health to re-establish himself as an everyday starter. He'll get that chance after being traded to Toronto where he'll start in left field. When he's on the field, he's a productive player. Last season, Saunders cut his strikeout rate and improved his contact rate slightly. More of that will go a long way.

2014

Just when it looked like Saunders had figured out major-league pitching, he took a major step back. Saunders entered 2013 coming off a near 20/20 season, with 25/25 a seemingly realistic shot for last year. In the end, he mustered only half that. A right shoulder sprain in early April knocked him off track, and Saunders wobbled through the first half. He salvaged his year in the second half, equaling his first-half power production in 62 fewer plate appearances, while increasing his batting percentages significantly across the board. Curiously, he stopped running in the second half, stealing only three bags after swiping 10 before the break. Saunders is one of a number of Mariners with an uncertain future, but working in his favor is a quality outfield glove, which should get him playing time. If his bat is to rebound, he needs to make better contact, cut down his strikeouts and figure out left-handed pitching (.654 OPS).

2013

Saunders entered spring last season with a ticket to Triple-A already punched, but two factors breathed new life into his fledgling major-league career. First, he went outside the organization and hired a private hitting instructor who helped him change his approach at the plate and hit the ball to all fields, both for average and power. Second, Franklin Gutierrez got injured, which opened a spot on the roster for Saunders. He made the most of the opportunity, falling one home run short of a 20/20 season all the while playing standout outfield defense. He improved his contact rate by nearly 10 percent from the previous year, though more improvement would be good to see and would help his mediocre batting average. He goes to spring training this year with an outfield spot secured, and with more playing time this season (139 games last year) perhaps 25/25 is realistic.

2012

Saunders started last season in Seattle, but the "re-tooled" swing he worked on in spring training never paid off, and it quickly became apparent that he needed everyday at-bats at Triple-A Tacoma rather than fighting for time in Seattle's crowded outfield as essentially a defensive replacement. He's had 572 career at-bats across three seasons, so it's still too early to dismiss him, but Saunders desperately needs to show progress, especially going the opposite way. The Seattle outfield got more crowded over the last year, too, so unless Saunders drops jaws in spring training, he's probably ticketed for Triple-A Tacoma again.

2011

Saunders was called up for good in May last season and spent the rest of the year trying to figure out major league pitching. A gimpy shoulder didn't help matters. He got hot briefly in mid-summer, but otherwise didn't prove much with his bat. He goes to spring training, though, as the team's left fielder in what could be a make-or-break year. Saunders' power is still developing, but he needs to be more selective at the plate (84 strikeouts in 289 at-bats). He'll be given every opportunity to win the left-field job for good, though the Mariners won't wait forever for his bat to come around.

2010

Saunders suffered his share of growing pains last season after his late-July callup, but as a lefty bat with developing power, speed on the basepaths and good defense, he's still a highly intriguing prospect. Saunders was frequently mentioned in offseason trade rumors, and the Mariners made no secret of their desire to add a bigger first-base or left-field bat, but Saunders heads to spring training as the favorite for left field. He needs to be more selective at the plate (6:40 BB:K) and lay off offspeed pitches out of the zone to be successful.

2009

Saunders still strikes out too much, but there's no denying his skills. He earned a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma after a strong showing at Double-A West Tennessee last season. A lefty bat with developing power, speed on the basepaths and good defense, Saunders heads to spring training with a chance to make the big league roster. Even if he starts the season at Triple-A, he's one of the organization's top prospects and figures to man an everyday outfield spot soon. He could help himself by not chasing offspeed pitches out of the zone.

2008

Saunders established himself as one of the organization's better prospects in 2007. An 11th-round pick in 2004, Saunders showed good development at High-A High Desert, totaling 43 XBH, 60 walks and 27 steals before a late-season promotion to Double-A West Tennessee. The Mariners have a number of outfield prospects on the depth chart, but Saunders is just 21, so he has plenty of time.