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Michael Saunders

28-Year-Old Outfielder – Seattle Mariners

2014 Stats

AVG

.273

HR

8

RBI

34

R

38

SB

4

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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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.

September 27, 2014  –  Michael Saunders News

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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
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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)     553 1,919 1,716 226 396 147 82 14 51 182 54 20 176 489 12 13 2 .231 .301 .384 .685

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
Sep. 28 LAA 3 1 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .341 .450 .791
Sep. 27 LAA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .268 .335 .439 .774
Sep. 26 LAA 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .332 .439 .771
Sep. 25 @Tor 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .329 .420 .749
Sep. 24 @Tor Did not play.
Sep. 23 @Tor 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .335 .427 .762
Sep. 22 @Tor Did not play.
Sep. 21 @Hou 3 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .267 .332 .424 .756
Sep. 20 @Hou Did not play.
Sep. 19 @Hou 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 .262 .328 .407 .735
Sep. 18 @LAA Did not play.
Sep. 17 @LAA Did not play.
Sep. 16 @LAA Did not play.
Sep. 15 @LAA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .322 .410 .732
Sep. 14 Oak 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .326 .416 .742
Sep. 13 Oak Did not play.
Sep. 12 Oak 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .271 .329 .420 .749
Sep. 10 Hou 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .333 .426 .759
Sep. 9 Hou 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .330 .428 .758
Sep. 8 Hou 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .278 .335 .434 .769
Sep. 7 @Tex Did not play.
Sep. 6 @Tex Did not play.
Sep. 5 @Tex Did not play.
Sep. 4 @Tex Did not play.
Sep. 3 @Oak Did not play.
Sep. 2 @Oak Did not play.
Sep. 1 @Oak Did not play.
Aug. 31 Was Did not play.
Aug. 30 Was Did not play.
Aug. 29 Was Did not play.
Last 7 Days 14 3 5 4 0 1 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 .357 .471 .857 1.328
Last 14 Days 22 6 7 4 0 2 6 6 4 1 1 0 0 0 .318 .464 .773 1.237
Last 30 Days 35 7 9 4 0 2 6 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 .257 .409 .543 .952

Michael Saunders: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
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
2014618080.262.328.680
2013133194171.211.361.654
2012180248185.261.467.774

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014170308264.276.494.831
20132734082912.249.414.751
201232747113916.239.413.718

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201499144151.253.455.785
2013184325184.234.359.673
2012236348217.229.390.675

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2014132244193.288.447.796
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 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
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3-Year Averages     398 358 9% 25.6% 0.35 72% .286 .157
Career     1,919 1,716 9.2% 25.5% 0.36 72% .293 .153

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

Contact

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.273 AVG
GOOD
74% Contact Rate
POOR
.335 BABIP
HIGH
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.450 SLG
GOOD
.177 ISO
GOOD
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.44 BB/K
AVERAGE
9.9% BB Rate
GOOD
22.4% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.791 OPS
GOOD
.341 OBP
GOOD

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

Saunders went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI as he parked his eighth home run of the season against the Angels on Friday.

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Saunders was a bright spot Sunday against the Astros, going 2-for-3 with a homer in the loss.

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Saunders is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

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Saunders is not in the lineup Sunday for the second straight day, according to MLB.com's Greg Johns.

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Saunders is out of the lineup Saturday against the Orioles, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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Saunders is batting eighth and handling right field in Monday's contest against the Astros, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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Saunders (oblique) was activated from the DL on Monday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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Saunders (oblique) is on schedule to return from the DL prior to Monday's game against the Astros, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Saunders (oblique) is reporting to the Arizona League Mariners on Monday in order to restart his rehab assignment, Greg Johns of MLB.com 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.