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Michael Saunders

27-Year-Old Outfielder – Seattle Mariners

2014 Stats

AVG

.276

HR

6

RBI

28

R

31

SB

3

2014 Preseason Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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...

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STATUS:  15-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Oblique     EST. RETURN:  8/4/2014
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 225   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 a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Mariners in January of 2014, avoiding arbitration.

July 29, 2014  –  Michael Saunders News

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Saunders (oblique) is hoping to begin a rehab assignment by the end of the Mariners' current road trip, ESPN 710 AM in Seattle 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 5 22 20 5 9 4 2 1 1 7 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 .450 .500 .800 1.300
2014 27 MAJ SEA 65 219 196 31 54 16 7 3 6 28 3 4 17 50 2 4 0 .276 .327 .434 .761
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3-Year Averages     109 398 358 48 81 32 19 2 11 37 13 3 36 102 2 2 0 .226 .295 .383 .678
Career  (View All)     540 1,875 1,681 219 387 141 78 14 49 176 53 19 167 480 12 13 2 .230 .298 .381 .679

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position     ▼ Batter Vs. Pitcher

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Michael Saunders Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jul. 30 @Cle Did not play.
Jul. 29 @Cle Did not play.
Jul. 27 Bal Did not play.
Jul. 26 Bal Did not play.
Jul. 25 Bal Did not play.
Jul. 24 Bal Did not play.
Jul. 23 NYM Did not play.
Jul. 22 NYM Did not play.
Jul. 21 NYM Did not play.
Jul. 20 @LAA Did not play.
Jul. 19 @LAA Did not play.
Jul. 18 @LAA Did not play.
Jul. 13 Oak Did not play.
Jul. 12 Oak Did not play.
Jul. 11 Oak Did not play.
Jul. 10 Min 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .327 .434 .761
Jul. 9 Min 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .329 .438 .767
Jul. 8 Min 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .271 .325 .436 .761
Jul. 7 Min 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266 .322 .435 .757
Jul. 6 @CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .318 .420 .738
Jul. 5 @CWS 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .270 .320 .427 .747
Jul. 4 @CWS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .309 .422 .731
Jul. 2 @Hou 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .309 .424 .733
Jul. 1 @Hou 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .315 .434 .749
Jun. 30 @Hou 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 .265 .313 .438 .751
Jun. 29 Cle 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .305 .418 .723
Jun. 28 Cle 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .266 .312 .429 .741
Jun. 27 Cle 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272 .317 .437 .754
Jun. 25 Bos Did not play.
Jun. 24 Bos Did not play.
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 49 6 15 1 0 2 5 5 15 1 1 0 0 0 .306 .370 .449 .819

Michael Saunders: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 59 1 12 56 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
2014547070.278.333.688
2013133194171.211.361.654
2012180248185.261.467.774

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014142246213.275.472.788
20132734082912.249.414.751
201232747113916.239.413.718

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201479113110.241.418.717
2013184325184.234.359.673
2012236348217.229.390.675

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014117203173.299.444.791
2013222277289.239.428.759
201227137113614.262.469.793
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 22 20 9.1% 18.2% 0.50 80% .533 .350
2014 27 MAJ SEA 219 196 7.8% 22.8% 0.34 74% .343 .158
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3-Year Averages     398 358 9% 25.6% 0.35 72% .286 .157
Career     1,875 1,681 8.9% 25.6% 0.35 71% .293 .151

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2014 Stat Review for Michael Saunders    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.276 AVG
GOOD
74% Contact Rate
POOR
.343 BABIP
HIGH
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.434 SLG
GOOD
.158 ISO
AVERAGE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.34 BB/K
WEAK
7.8% BB Rate
AVERAGE
22.8% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.761 OPS
GOOD
.327 OBP
AVERAGE

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

Saunders (oblique) has progressed to hitting indoors, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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Saunders has been placed on the 15-day DL with a strained left oblique.

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Saunders injured his lower left side on a check swing Thursday and will have an MRI on Friday, manager Lloyd McClendon said after the game.

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Saunders left Thursday's game in the eighth inning after suffering an apparent back or oblique injury during an at-bat.

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Saunders went 3-for-5 Saturday, driving in the game-tying run in the ninth inning against the White Sox and scoring the game-winning run in the 14th inning. He also stole a base.

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Saunders went 2-for-4 with a run scored Friday facing the Indians.

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Saunders will man right field and bat seventh in his return to action Friday night.

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Saunders (shoulder) was activated from the disabled list Friday.

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Saunders (shoulder) will take batting practice at Safeco Field prior to Wednesday's game, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Saunders (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment Friday at Triple-A Tacoma, Shannon Drayer of 710 AM ESPN Seattle reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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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.