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Michael Saunders | Outfielder | #21

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/19/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 228
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Tallahassee (FL) CC
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 11 (0) / SEA
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Michael Saunders ripped a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Angels.
Saunders' dinger off of reliever A.J. Achter in the eighth inning padded the Blue Jays' lead. It was just his second this month, as the 29-year-old has really scuffled this month. Saunders now has 21 bombs on the season. Aug 23 - 10:20 PM

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Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Astros.

He's just getting a routine day off. Melvin Upton will patrol left field and hit sixth Thursday against Houston right-hander Mike Fiers. Saunders has cooled off since the All-Star break, hitting just .132 over 53 second-half at-bats.
Aug 4 - 5:42 PM

Michael Saunders belted his 18th and 19th home runs of the season in a losing effort against the Mariners.

Saunders has now homered in each of his first two games against his former ballclub. His solo shot off Hisashi Iwakuma in the sixth inning did nothing more than putting a band aid on a stab wound, pulling the Jays to within nine runs at 11-2. He then tagged Wade LeBlanc for a solo shot with two outs in the eighth, making it a 14-3 ballgame. Saunders is having a monster season in the middle of the Jays lineup, slashing .286/.363/.542 with 19 homers and 46 RBI.
Jul 23 - 4:28 PM

Michael Saunders slugged a solo homer in Friday’s loss to the Mariners.

His second-inning blast off James Paxton was the only offense of the night for Toronto. He had a chance to play hero in the ninth inning, but struck out to end the ballgame. Saunders has cooled down considerably since his three-homer game on June 17, but he’s now up to 17 homers on the year. He’s two shy of his career-high from 2012.
Jul 22 - 10:33 PM

Michael Saunders flew home from Arizona on Wednesday to deal with a personal matter.

Saunders is expected to return for Friday night's series opener at home against his former team, the Mariners. He boasts an .893 OPS in 86 games this season for the Blue Jays, who will roll with Darwin Barney in left field and at leadoff Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks.
Jul 20 - 1:56 PM

Michael Saunders is absent from the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

The newly-minted All-Star will get a well-deserved rest against southpaw Matt Boyd and the Tigers on Saturday. Junior Lake is starting in his place and will bat seventh for the Jays.
Jul 9 - 10:04 AM

Michael Saunders will be on the American League All-Star team after winning the Final Vote competition.

Saunders bested George Springer, Ian Kinsler, Evan Longoria and Dustin Pedroia. The 29-year-old had an awful time with injuries the previous two seasons but has bounced back in 2016 with a .298/.372/.559 batting line and 16 homers.
Jul 8 - 4:54 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and three runs scored Thursday against the Tigers.

Saunders also doubled and walked in the game, with his RBI single coming in the first inning. The outfielder now has five multi-hit games in his last six contests, going 12-for-25 with five doubles, a home run, seven RBI and eight runs scored in that span. It's been a very good first half for Saunders in general, as he's batting .298/.372/.559 in the middle of the Jays' order.
Jul 7 - 11:45 PM

Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and rapped a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning for the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Saunders finished the day 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Finally healthy, he is quietly having a nice fantasy season. He is batting .296 with 16 home runs, 46 runs scored and 40 RBI. Saunders used to be a good base-stealer but has only attempted two steals this year and was caught both times.
Jul 6 - 9:48 PM

Michael Saunders is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.

He's likely just getting a breather. Ezequiel Carrera will play left field and bat leadoff. Junior Lake will play right.
Jun 29 - 1:51 PM

Michael Saunders had a monster night at the plate Friday, slugging three homers and knocking in eight runs as part of a 13-3 victory over the Orioles.

Saunders launched a three-run homer in the first inning, another three-run shot in the fourth, and added a two-run blast in the sixth. He had a chance for MLB’s first four-homer game since 2012 when he came up with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, but he grounded into a double play. Still, fantasy owners aren’t complaining. Saunders is the first player in MLB to amass at least three homers and eight RBI a game since teammate Edwin Encarnacion did it (three home runs, nine RBI) last August 29 against the Tigers. He’s now up to 15 homers and a .999 OPS on the year and continues to be one of baseball’s biggest surprises.
Jun 17 - 10:20 PM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) is back in the Blue Jays' starting lineup on Thursday night.

He will start in left field and bat cleanup versus Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola. Saunders was held out Wednesday after leaving Tuesday's game with right hamstring tightness. It's clearly no big deal.
Jun 16 - 3:45 PM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) could be available for Thursday's game against the Phillies.

Saunders made an early departure Tuesday due to right hamstring tightness, but the Blue Jays deemed that a precautionary move. This hamstring issue seems minor.
Jun 15 - 5:05 PM

Michael Saunders exited Tuesday's game against the Phillies with right hamstring tightness.

The Blue Jays are calling his exit precautionary. It initially appeared that he was just getting some rest in a blowout game, but that's not the case. Saunders has battled hamstring issues off and on this season, so it's not an encouraging development.
Jun 14 - 2:19 PM

Michael Saunders continued his productive season on Friday by hitting his tenth home run but also struck out twice in a 1-for-4 game.

Saunders is now rocking a .294/.372/.537 slash line for a .909 OPS. The counting stats have lagged behind as he has only 21 RBI and 30 runs scored. The 29 year old outfielder has shown flashes of talent in the past only to fall prey to frequent injuries that robbed him of playing time. He has been in the majors since 2009 (eight seasons) yet has only 1944 career at-bats to show for it. On the rare occasion when he is healthy he is a true fantasy asset. Enjoy it while you can.
Jun 10 - 11:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Marcus Stroman
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Ryan Tepera
8Aaron Loup
9Gavin Floyd