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Michael Saunders

27-Year-Old Outfielder – Seattle Mariners

2014 Stats

AVG

.200

HR

0

RBI

2

R

3

SB

1

2014 RotoWire 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.

April 1, 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 MAJ SEA 12 28 25 3 5 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 2 5 0 1 0 .200 .250 .320 .570
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Michael Saunders
3-Year Averages MAJ   109 398 358 48 81 32 19 2 11 37 13 3 36 102 2 2 0 .226 .295 .383 .678
Career  (View All) MAJ   487 1684 1510 191 338 127 72 12 43 150 51 16 152 435 10 10 2 .224 .294 .373 .667

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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
Apr. 18 @Mia 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214 .281 .321 .602
Apr. 17 @Tex Did not play.
Apr. 16 @Tex 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .200 .250 .320 .570
Apr. 15 @Tex 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .227 .250 .364 .614
Apr. 14 @Tex 5 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 .227 .250 .364 .614
Apr. 13 Oak Did not play.
Apr. 12 Oak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .176 .211 .235 .446
Apr. 11 Oak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .267 .308 .575
Apr. 9 LAA Did not play.
Apr. 8 LAA 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .267 .308 .575
Apr. 6 @Oak 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .214 .250 .464
Apr. 5 @Oak 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .100 .000 .100
Apr. 4 @Oak Did not play.
Apr. 3 @Oak 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .111 .000 .111
Apr. 2 @LAA 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .143
Apr. 1 @LAA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .200
Mar. 31 @LAA 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .200 .000 .200
Last 7 Days 15 2 3 0 1 0 1 2 4 1 1 0 0 0 .200 .294 .333 .627
Last 14 Days 23 3 6 1 1 0 1 2 4 1 1 0 1 0 .261 .308 .391 .699
Last 30 Days 28 4 6 1 1 0 2 3 5 1 1 0 1 0 .214 .281 .321 .602

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Michael Saunders: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 12 12 1
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
2013133194171.211.361.654
2012180248185.261.467.774
2011565040.143.161.330

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20132734082912.249.414.751
201232747113916.239.413.718
201110511246.152.248.474

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013184325184.234.359.673
2012236348217.229.390.675
2011879123.149.230.434

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013222277289.239.428.759
201227137113614.262.469.793
2011747163.149.203.413
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 MAJ SEA 28 25 7.1% 17.9% 0.40 80% .250 .120
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Michael Saunders
3-Year Averages MAJ   398 358 9% 25.6% 0.35 72% .286 .157
Career MAJ   1684 1510 9% 25.8% 0.35 71% .286 .149

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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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.200 AVG
TERRIBLE
80% Contact Rate
AVERAGE
.250 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.320 SLG
TERRIBLE
.120 ISO
WEAK
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.40 BB/K
WEAK
7.1% BB Rate
WEAK
17.9% K Rate
AVERAGE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.570 OPS
TERRIBLE
.250 OBP
TERRIBLE

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

Best Matchups for Michael Saunders (by OPS, min 5 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
R.A. Dickey TOR 5 2 2 2 1 1 0 .400 1.600 2.100
Vin Mazzaro PIT 5 2 1 2 2 1 0 .400 1.000 1.571
Will Smith MIL 9 5 1 2 0 3 0 .556 1.000 1.556
Sean Doolittle OAK 8 4 1 1 1 1 0 .500 .875 1.431
Luke Hochevar KC 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 .400 1.000 1.400
Jon Lester BOS 7 3 1 3 1 2 0 .429 .857 1.357
Jerry Blevins WAS 5 1 1 1 2 1 0 .200 .800 1.229
Chris Tillman BAL 11 3 2 3 2 1 0 .273 .818 1.203
Francisco Liriano PIT 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 .400 .800 1.200
Matt Moore TB 8 3 1 1 0 2 0 .375 .750 1.125

Worst Matchups for Michael Saunders (by OPS, min 5 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Ernesto Frieri ANA 10 0 0 0 0 7 0 .000 .000 .000
Scott Kazmir OAK 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Rick Porcello DET 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Aaron Laffey WAS 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Neftali Feliz TEX 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Mark Buehrle TOR 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000
Koji Uehara BOS 6 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Boone Logan COL 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Joel Peralta TB 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000
Marc Rzepczynski CLE 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 .000 .000 .000

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

Saunders agreed to a one-year contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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Saunders is not in the lineup Saturday against the A's.

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Saunders went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk against the Royals on Wednesday.

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Saunders is not in the Mariners' lineup Monday against the Royals.

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Saunders is out of the Mariners' lineup Monday at Detroit.

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Saunders is out of the lineup Wednesday in Kansas City, 710 ESPN's Shannon Drayer reports.

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Saunders is not in Tuesday's lineup, the Tacoma News Tribune's Ryan Divish reports.

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Saunders (hamstring) is back in the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Richard Dean of CSNHouston.com reports.

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Saunders is out of the lineup Saturday with a tight hamstring, Ryan Divish of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Saunders is not in the lineup Saturday against the Astros, MLB.com's Greg Johns 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.