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Birth Date11-19-1986
Height6' 4"
Weight225 lbs
Age27 years, 9 months, 1 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.62010
-0.92011
2.52012
2.22013
1.72014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 SEA 22 46 129 122 13 27 1 3 0 34 6 40 0 0 1 4 4 1 .221 .258 .279 .192 -7.7 3.5 -0.4
2010 SEA 23 100 327 289 29 61 11 2 10 106 35 84 0 1 2 33 6 3 .211 .295 .367 .244 1.1 4.9 0.6
2011 SEA 24 58 179 161 16 24 5 0 2 35 12 56 0 1 5 8 6 2 .149 .207 .217 .163 -11.4 3.3 -0.9
2012 SEA 25 139 553 507 71 125 31 3 19 219 43 132 1 1 1 57 21 4 .246 .306 .432 .281 26.8 -2.8 2.5
2013 SEA 26 132 468 406 59 96 23 3 12 161 54 118 1 6 1 46 13 5 .236 .323 .397 .281 22.2 -2.3 2.2
2014 SEA 27 65 219 196 31 54 7 3 6 85 17 50 0 4 2 28 3 4 .276 .327 .434 .295 11.4 3.1 1.6
Career54018751681219387781449640167480213121765319.230.298.381.25942.39.85.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2005 EVE A- 56 228 .283 .257 .338 .369 .263 .397 106 5.4 6.2 -2.2 -1.9 -3.7 5.5 0.4 5.5 0.4
2006 WIS A 104 416 .268 .253 .321 .367 .253 .323 106 2.4 8.4 -0.6 1.3 -0.8 10.4 1.2 10.4 1.2
2007 HDS A+ 108 507 .286 .275 .347 .427 .270 .376 114 14.8 15.6 -2.7 6.4 5.1 32.0 3.7 32.0 3.7
2007 WTN AA 15 60 .279 .257 .325 .409 .262 .438 103 1.3 1.8 -0.1 0.9 0.5 3.4 0.4 3.4 0.4
2008 WTN AA 67 289 .283 .267 .343 .404 .256 .356 108 7.3 8.5 -0.6 1.6 0.5 14.2 1.6 14.2 1.6
2008 TAC AAA 24 105 .246 .275 .359 .436 .262 .317 103 -1.7 3.3 -0.2 0.8 -1.9 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
2009 SEA MLB 46 129 .192 .263 .329 .414 .256 .329 97 -9.3 3.7 -0.9 3.5 -0.6 -7.7 -0.4 -7.7 -0.4
2009 TAC AAA 64 282 .315 .277 .345 .425 .274 .335 98 16.6 8.2 -1 4.1 2.9 26.4 3.0 26.4 3.0
2010 SEA MLB 100 327 .244 .255 .319 .403 .253 .260 100 -5.3 9.0 -1.7 4.9 -1.0 1.1 0.6 1.1 0.6
2010 TAC AAA 21 93 .217 .278 .350 .432 .267 .250 92 -4.5 2.9 -0.4 0.2 0.9 0.4 0.1 0.4 0.1
2011 SEA MLB 58 179 .163 .263 .324 .408 .261 .212 94 -17 4.8 0.2 3.3 0.8 -11.4 -0.9 -11.4 -0.9
2011 TAC AAA 64 291 .296 .292 .360 .462 .266 .384 106 12.3 9.0 0.3 9.1 2.6 22.5 3.0 22.5 3.0
2012 SEA MLB 139 553 .281 .254 .316 .407 .262 .297 91 11.6 15.1 0.4 -2.8 1.7 26.8 2.5 26.8 2.5
2013 SEA MLB 132 468 .281 .252 .317 .396 .266 .298 94 9.3 12.3 -0.7 -2.3 2.1 22.2 2.2 22.2 2.2
2013 TAC AAA 3 16 .282 .284 .343 .414 .259 .182 120 0.4 0.5 -0.2 -0.1 0.2 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2013 CAN int 3 13 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .778 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 SEA MLB 65 219 .295 .259 .317 .395 .261 .333 98 7.1 5.7 -1.6 3.1 0.7 11.4 1.6 11.4 1.6
2014 TAC AAA 15 71 .363 .276 .338 .436 .270 .436 88 8.1 2.1 -1 -0.3 1.0 10.1 1.0 10.1 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2005 EVE A- 228 24 53 13 3 7 39 27 74 2 7 .270 .363 .474 .204 .283 5.5 -1.9 0.4
2006 WIS A 416 48 86 10 8 4 39 48 103 22 7 .240 .331 .345 .106 .268 10.4 1.3 1.2
2007 HDS A+ 507 91 129 25 4 14 77 60 116 27 10 .299 .391 .473 .174 .286 32.0 6.4 3.7
2007 WTN AA 60 8 15 1 2 1 7 7 20 2 1 .288 .367 .442 .154 .279 3.4 0.9 0.4
2008 WTN AA 289 46 72 18 3 8 30 30 66 11 6 .290 .368 .484 .194 .283 14.2 1.6 1.6
2008 TAC AAA 105 12 23 4 1 3 16 9 30 1 2 .242 .305 .400 .158 .246 0.0 0.8 0.1
2009 SEA MLB 129 13 27 1 3 0 4 6 40 4 1 .221 .258 .279 .057 .192 -7.7 3.5 -0.4
2009 TAC AAA 282 58 77 15 2 13 32 25 48 6 3 .310 .375 .544 .234 .315 26.4 4.1 3.0
2010 SEA MLB 327 29 61 11 2 10 33 35 84 6 3 .211 .295 .367 .156 .244 1.1 4.9 0.6
2010 TAC AAA 93 6 16 1 0 0 5 11 17 4 0 .200 .293 .212 .013 .217 0.4 0.2 0.1
2011 SEA MLB 179 16 24 5 0 2 8 12 56 6 2 .149 .207 .217 .068 .163 -11.4 3.3 -0.9
2011 TAC AAA 291 51 68 11 3 7 38 50 71 10 3 .288 .415 .449 .161 .296 22.5 9.1 3.0
2012 SEA MLB 553 71 125 31 3 19 57 43 132 21 4 .246 .306 .432 .185 .281 26.8 -2.8 2.5
2013 CAN int 13 4 8 3 0 1 7 2 1 1 0 .727 .769 1.273 .545 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 TAC AAA 16 2 2 1 1 0 2 3 1 0 0 .182 .375 .455 .273 .282 0.6 -0.1 0.1
2013 SEA MLB 468 59 96 23 3 12 46 54 118 13 5 .236 .323 .397 .160 .281 22.2 -2.3 2.2
2014 TAC AAA 71 11 18 3 1 1 9 16 15 0 0 .327 .479 .473 .145 .363 10.1 -0.3 1.0
2014 SEA MLB 219 31 54 7 3 6 28 17 50 3 4 .276 .327 .434 .158 .295 11.4 3.1 1.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 510 0.5000 0.4098 0.7273 0.5529 0.2667 0.8369 0.5000 0.2727
2010 1366 0.4868 0.4290 0.7594 0.5759 0.2896 0.8642 0.5616 0.2406
2011 761 0.5085 0.4442 0.7396 0.5685 0.3155 0.8818 0.4746 0.2604
2012 2154 0.4838 0.4884 0.7633 0.6996 0.2905 0.8752 0.5108 0.2338
2013 1868 0.5027 0.4406 0.7582 0.6581 0.2207 0.8430 0.5024 0.2418
2014 828 0.4783 0.4287 0.8028 0.6338 0.2407 0.8884 0.5962 0.1944
Career74870.49210.44920.76080.63610.26830.86470.5230.238

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-11 - 15-DL - - Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2014-06-11 2014-06-27 15-DL 16 15 Right Shoulder Inflammation A/C Joint -
2014-06-07 2014-06-10 DTD 3 3 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2014-05-11 2014-05-11 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Sprain Hyperextension - -
2013-08-31 2013-09-01 DTD 1 1 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2013-08-24 2013-08-27 DTD 3 3 - Neck Stiffness - -
2013-06-30 2013-07-03 DTD 3 2 Right Fingers Laceration Middle Finger - -
2013-04-11 2013-04-29 15-DL 18 17 Right Shoulder Sprain - -
2012-09-01 2012-09-07 DTD 6 5 Right Groin Strain - -
2012-08-25 2012-08-31 DTD 6 6 Right Groin Soreness - -
2012-08-03 2012-08-04 DTD 1 1 - Soreness - -
2012-06-29 2012-07-03 DTD 4 4 - General Medical Illness - -
2011-01-06 2011-01-06 Off 0 0 Abdomen Surgery Appendix 2011-01-06
2010-08-22 2010-08-30 DTD 8 7 Right Shoulder Contusion Rotator Cuff -
2010-08-17 2010-08-21 DTD 4 3 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2010-08-06 2010-08-09 DTD 3 3 Neck Stiffness Crashed Into Wall -
2010-07-17 2010-07-22 DTD 5 5 Right Fingers Sprain Middle Finger -
2009-10-28 2009-10-30 WIN 2 0 Ankle Sprain -
2009-08-15 2009-08-19 DTD 4 3 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2009-06-30 2009-07-09 Minors 9 0 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2009-04-07 2009-04-20 Minors 13 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2008-08-28
2008-08-28 2008-09-05 Minors 8 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2008-08-28
2007-08-27 2007-09-05 Minors 9 0 - Head Contusion Skull - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 SEA $
2014 SEA $2,300,000
2013 SEA $512,600
2012 SEA $489,100
2011 SEA $420,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,421,700
2011Current$2,300,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$3,721,700
4 yrTotal$3,721,700

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 138 dTurner Gary Sports1 year/$2.3M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2014). Re-signed by Seattle 1/15/14 (avoided arbitration). May earn additional $75,000 based on plate appearances.
  • 1 year/$0.5126M (2013). Re-signed by Seattle 2/19/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4891M (2012). Re-signed by Seattle 2/27/12.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2011). Re-signed by Seattle 2/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Seattle 2/26/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Seattle 7/25/09.
  • Drafted by Seattle 2004 (11-333) (Tallahassee CC). $237,500 signing bonus (draft and follow).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .224 .289 .385 .266
11 vs R (Multi) .239 .320 .402 .278
18 Split (Multi) .014 .031 .017 .012
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .211 .293 .361 .269
31 vs R (2013) .249 .338 .414 .292
38 Split (2013) .039 .044 .053 .023
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-19 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is J Pinto starting with the big club? Wondering about keeping him at $1 instead of Michael Saunders at $4. Thanks very much.
(Chin music from Vancouver)
Both are very unlikely to see a starting role with their respective clubs--I'd see what else is out there. (Bret Sayre)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)I'm going for it in our AL only keeper league. Is it time to jettison Straily for help right now? If so how would you order Pettitte, Danks, and JSaunders? Also, is MSaunders a big donwgrade from Colby Rasmus? Thanks very much!
(conjoinedtwins from Orillia ON)
Hi to you both.

Flags fly forever. If Dan Straily can improve your team this year, do it.

Of those three pitchers, you have them in the right order. Andy Pettitte's ERA is high, but his peripheral numbers show a better pitcher lurking in there. John Danks has been OK, but I still have some concerns about how he'll hold up and he is a weaker play against stronger teams. Even in AL-only, Joe Saunders is an at-home play only. He's poison to your chances of winning if you start him on the road.

I wouldn't exactly call Michael Saunders a big downgrade from Colby Rasmus, but he is a downgrade. As Bret Sayre talked about on a recent Towers of Power fantasy podcast, Rasmus' batting average is fueled by a strong BABIP, and his BA isn't even THAT good. You're losing BA/runs/RBI with Saunders, but some of that is luck-dependent. I prefer Rasmus, but if you can improve your team elsewhere, Saunders is an acceptable replacement and isn't a zero. Good luck. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike Drop I.Davis for Ruf or M.Saunders.Thanks
(Chesty from New Bern,Nc)
I'd definitely drop Ike Davis in a one-and-done; the batting average has improved but the power isn't there. Michael Saunders is the better all around player, but if pitchers are going to keep throwing Darin Ruf 0-2 fastballs (like they did today), ride the hot hand. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)Trust Michael Saunders to produce at least what he did last year? Has had some good weeks, but dreadful for the past 2-3. He was looking like the ideal 5th OF, now looking around for a replacement. Also, what do you think Dom Brown's final line is?
(jacks from socal)
Hey jacks.

Trust isn't a word I'd use to describe what Michael Saunders might or might not do. His contact skills make it a fine line for him in terms of providing the batting average he'll need to duplicate 2012. He is a little BABIP unlucky this year, but on the other hand the difference between .220 and .240 isn't significant. You're dead on about what to expect from Saunders: some good weeks followed by some dreadful ones. Whether he makes it or not depends a lot on luck as much as anything else.

My pure guess is that Brown is going to finish with 23 HR, 79 RBI, 52 runs, 4 steals and a .250 batting average. (Mike Gianella)
2012-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have an explanation for 3 perfect games already this season, or is this just randomness?
(Alex from My birthday)
There's some randomness to it, of course, but every year the league sets new strikeout records and the best way to throw a perfect game (or, at least, a no-hitter) is to not let stupid stuff like bad hops and bloopers and Michael Saunders get involved.

I may be the minority, but it's been a long time since I cared about no-hitters. They so often look like just good, not superlative starts. So I'm hoping the run of perfect games makes everybody just ignore plain old no-hitters. (Sam Miller)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Michael Saunders for real, or is he really the .600ish OPS guy from his first couple of go arounds in the majors ?
(tbwhite from San Diego)
Saunders is another guy who cut into his strikeout rate. Hes walking more and hitting for more power. My guess is that hell wind up somewhere in between the two extremes. (R.J. Anderson)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you put Cliff Lee in the fantasy SP rankings? Will his move to Safeco and the best defense in MLB materially improve his performance?
(MarinerDan from SF)
You really couldn't ask for a better setup, could you? Death to Flying Things patrolling a massive outfield. Especially if Michael Saunders gets a lot of innings in right, Lee is going to be very, very successful. If you play in a league that uses K/BB or something along those lines, he's especially useful. The only thing that holds him back is the relatively modest K rate (compared with his overall skill set). I also think he'll be drafted too high in a lot of leagues because of people jumping on the park effect. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Mwah hah hah! King Felix is ours for 5 more years! No Yankees poaching!
(David from Seattle)
Curses! Foiled again!

...The Mariners have made some really interesting moves the last couple of seasons, and particularly this winter. They could really surprise in the weak soup that is the AL West, especially with the A's going Lackey-free. They're a bit short at catcher and it would be nice if Michael Saunders hits, but still, you have to like their chances. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Whom do you fear is your next Kearns?
(Harvey from Mactaquac)
Michael Saunders? (I am pretty high on Saunders) (Tommy Bennett)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)What should Mariners fans make of Michael Saunders fast start hered in Tacoma?
(Juice from Tacoma)
They should be pumped. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's your impressions of Michael Saunders?
(Jake from Kansas City)
Athletic, toolsy outfielder with power, speed and patience? Sign me up. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Michael Saunders (SEA)? Can he still be a decent starting OFer in MLB?
(Al from Charlestown)
I think he could be better than decent, actually. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why is Michael Saunders getting little attention? Is it because of his high K rate? Does he have a bright future or will he be felled by the same affliction that got Brandon Wood?
(jjf1041 from New York)
He doesn't have nearly as much raw power as Wood, but he does have a way better approach. The concern for him is can he REALLY play centerfield, and if not, can he be enough offensively to be an every day corner guy. Scouts are pretty mixed on both questions. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kevin, good to have you chatting today! How concerned are you about Michael Saunders' improvement being a High Desert mirage? Also, I keep trying to get this one in... Mojo Nixon, yay or nay? This is important stuff!
(Greg from NYC)
I like Saunders quite a bit. I think High Desert help his power, but I think his pure hitting and on-base skills are very real. (Kevin Goldstein)


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