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Michael Saunders

31-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

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The Phillies signed Saunders after his 2016 revival with the Blue Jays. That year, he adjusted his hand positioning in his swing and blasted a career-high 24 home runs. Philadelphia cut bait in June, ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 205   DOB: 11/19/1986   DRAFTED: 11th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Michael Saunders Contract Information:

Signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox in May of 2018.

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Saunders was released by the White Sox on Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic 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
2017 30 AAA BUF 35 156 146 22 40 14 11 1 2 12 1 0 9 30 0 0 1 .274 .321 .404 .725
2017 30 MAJ PHI 61 214 200 25 41 17 9 2 6 20 0 1 13 51 0 0 1 .205 .257 .360 .617
2017 30 MAJ TOR 12 20 18 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 0 .167 .250 .167 .417
2017  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ PHI/TOR 73 234 218 26 44 17 9 2 6 21 0 1 15 55 0 0 1 .202 .256 .344 .600
2018 31 AAA CHA 13 51 46 4 7 2 1 0 1 4 0 0 5 10 0 0 0 .152 .235 .239 .474
2018 31 AAA NOR 25 103 87 11 14 5 3 1 1 14 2 0 16 23 0 0 0 .161 .291 .253 .544
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3-Year Averages     74 275 246 32 58 24 13 1 10 27 0 1 26 74 0 1 2 .236 .313 .419 .731
Career  (View All)     775 2,747 2,455 324 570 223 123 19 81 263 55 23 255 711 13 16 8 .232 .305 .397 .701

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Michael Saunders Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Last 7 Games .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Games 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Michael Saunders Minors Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jun. 12 Durham 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jun. 5 Syracuse 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333
Jun. 3 Buffalo 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Jun. 2 Buffalo 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Jun. 1 Buffalo 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650
May. 31 Lehigh Vly 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 .400 .800
May. 30 Lehigh Vly 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
May. 29 Lehigh Vly 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .500 1.333 1.833
May. 27 Indianapols 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
May. 26 Indianapols 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
May. 25 Indianapols 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .333 .000 .333
May. 24 Norfolk 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .200
May. 23 Norfolk 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .500 .750
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 46 4 7 1 0 1 4 5 10 0 0 0 0 .152 .235 .239 .474

Michael Saunders: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 58 4 54 2
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: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 20
2018 17

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Michael Saunders Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017576280.193.386.619
2016109148130.275.569.927

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017161204130.205.329.594
20163815616441.247.451.783

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201792134120.217.435.708
20162413410251.266.481.834

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201712613290.190.278.522
20162493614320.241.474.797
Michael Saunders vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

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% .366 .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% .339 .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% .250 .013
2010 23 MAJ SEA 327 289 10.7% 25.7% 0.42 71% .260 .156
2011 24 AAA TAC 291 236 17.2% 24.4% 0.70 70% .384 .161
2011 24 MAJ SEA 179 161 6.7% 31.3% 0.21 65% .212 .068
2012 25 MAJ SEA 553 507 7.8% 23.9% 0.33 74% .297 .185
2013 26 AAA TAC 16 11 18.8% 6.3% 3.00 91% .182 .273
2013 26 MAJ SEA 468 406 11.5% 25.2% 0.46 71% .298 .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% .327 .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% .321 .225
2017 30 AAA BUF 156 146 5.8% 19.2% 0.30 79% .333 .130
2017 30 MAJ PHI 214 200 6.1% 23.8% 0.25 75% .245 .155
2017 30 MAJ TOR 20 18 10% 20% 0.50 78% .214 .000
2017  (Multiple Teams) 30 MAJ PHI/TOR 234 218 6.4% 23.5% 0.27 75% .242 .142
2018 31 AAA CHA 51 46 9.8% 19.6% 0.50 78% .171 .087
2018 31 AAA NOR 103 87 15.5% 22.3% 0.70 74% .206 .092
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3-Year Averages     275 246 9.5% 26.9% 0.35 70% .294 .183
Career     2,747 2,455 9.3% 25.9% 0.36 71% .291 .165

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

Saunders signed with the White Sox on a minor-league deal and will report to Triple-A Charlotte.

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Saunders was released by the Orioles on Tuesday, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

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Saunders signed a minor-league deal with the Orioles on Monday, Jon Meoli of The Baltimore Sun reports.

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Saunders was released by the Royals on Saturday.

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Saunders agreed to terms with the Royals on a minor-league contract Friday.

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Saunders agreed to a minor-league contract with Pittsburgh on Wednesday which includes an invite to spring training.

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Saunders has left the Blue Jays to witness the birth of his child, Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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The Blue Jays will call up Saunders from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports.

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Saunders signed a minor-league contract with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

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The Phillies released Saunders on Friday.

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2018

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2017

After suffering a knee injury that ended his 2015 campaign after just nine games, Saunders came back with a vengeance in 2016. Prior to the All-Star break, Saunders was on pace to shatter his career-best marks in most fantasy-relevant categories. He slashed .298/.372/.551 with 16 home runs, 42 RBI and scored 49 runs over 305 at-bats before the Midsummer Classic. However, his production took a hard fall in the second half when he hit .178/.282/.357 with a 35.1 percent strikeout rate. It's reasonable to assume that Saunders, who played in just 87 games in 2014 and 2015 combined, got tired legs as the season grew old. He still managed career highs in plate appearances (558), walks (59), home runs (24) and OPS (.816). He also tied a personal best in RBI (57) while falling two runs short of his career high. After signing a one-year deal with the Phillies, Saunders seems to be in line for a strong-side platoon role in right field.

2016

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 thought to be facing several months on the shelf, Saunders then looked ready to return after just six weeks. Upon his return, Saunders was ineffective, collecting just six hits in 31 at-bats and zero extra-base hits. Saunders then found himself back on the disabled list where he would remain for the rest of the season. If healthy for the spring, Saunders may make a run at the primarily role in left with Ben Revere dealt to Washington, but Dalton Pompey could leap him with a strong showing in Grapefruit League play. Remember that Saunders is a .230 career hitter who averages 15 home runs per 162 games, but has never played more than 139 games in a season.

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.