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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
Contract: view contract details

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Michael Saunders clobbered a pair of solo home runs on Friday, powering the Blue Jays to a 6-1 victory over the Rays in Tampa Bay.
Saunders tagged left-hander Drew Smyly (for the second time this season) for a solo blast in the third inning to open the scoring in the contest. He then launched another impressive drive off southpaw Dana Eveland in the eighth inning, increasing the Rays advantage to 3-0. Saunders has settled in nicely atop the Blue Jays lineup and is slashing an impressive .324/.377/.606 with four homers and eight RBI on the season. Apr 29 - 10:01 PM

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Michael Saunders (hamstring) went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer Monday against the White Sox.

Saunders sat out the weekend due to a sore hamstring, but it’s safe to say that he’s feeling better. The 29-year-old is off to an excellent start this season, slashing .345/.406/.569 with two home runs, six RBI, and 11 runs scored through 15 games.
Apr 25 - 11:25 PM

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

Saunders missed the Jays' weekend series against the A's because of soreness in his hamstring. Obviously a strain was ruled out. He's batting sixth and starting in left field Monday versus White Sox righty Miguel Gonzalez.
Apr 25 - 3:36 PM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) remained out of the Blue Jays' lineup on Sunday.

Saunders has missed the entire weekend series against the Athletics with a sore hamstring. It doesn't appear at this point that a trip to the disabled list might be required. Ezequiel Carrera is again assuming Saunders' position in left field and in the leadoff spot.
Apr 24 - 9:59 AM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

Saunders also sat out Friday's contest as he continues to battle a nagging hamstring injury. It isn't serious enough to necessitate a trip to the disabled list, but the club is being safe not to over-extend him and risk further aggravation.
Apr 23 - 10:37 AM

Michaels Saunders went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored in Wednesday's loss to the Orioles.

Saunders has recently inherited the lead-off role from a struggling Kevin Pillar, which massively inflates his fantasy value. He's hitting .306/.382/.490 with seven extra-base hits, including his double off Brad Brach on Wednesday. Now that he's healthy, though, fantasy owners are begging for the double-digit stolen bases to return, something he hasn't done since swiping 13 bags in 2013. He's 0-for-1 in stolen base attempts this year.
Apr 20 - 10:49 PM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Orioles.

He also drew a walk on the night. Saunders has reached base six times and scored three runs since being moved into the leadoff spot three games ago. He'll remain there against righties as long as he keeps producing, and it obviously provides a boost to his fantasy value.
Apr 19 - 10:05 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday that he plans to use Michael Saunders as his primary leadoff man for the foreseeable future.

Kevin Pillar, batting just .231/.273/.308 to open the 2016 season, finally got bumped from the leadoff spot on Sunday. Saunders, hitting .270/.325/.459, can get a huge boost in fantasy value if he is able to make this last. "You’ve got to give it some time," Gibbons told the media on Sunday. "Maybe this will jump-start us a little bit."
Apr 18 - 8:43 AM

Michael Saunders is starting in left field and batting leadoff for the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Saunders has spent all season in the sixth or seventh spot, but he's earned a move up in the lineup with a .281/.343/.500 start. Kevin Pillar is hitting only .188/.235/.271 in the early going and is in the No. 8 spot Sunday. The lineup switch has some fantasy implications, so monitor it to see if it sticks.
Apr 17 - 10:51 AM

Michael Saunders went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's victory over the Yankees.

Saunders has enjoyed a nice little start to the 2016 season, as he's now hitting .280/.357/.520 and consistently slotting into the sixth spot in the Blue Jays' lineup. The left fielder did get caught stealing in what was his first stolen-base attempt of the year, though. He hasn't stolen double-digit bases since 2013 with the Mariners, but it would really elevate his fantasy profile if he did start successfully running again.
Apr 13 - 11:38 PM

Michael Saunders is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

Saunders returned from a sore hamstring on Friday night but he'll take a seat on Saturday as the Jays want to play things cautiously and not push him too hard. Ezequiel Carrera will start in his place in left field and bat sixth against Rick Porcello.
Apr 9 - 10:47 AM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) returned to the Blue Jays lineup on Friday, going 2-for-5 with a run scored in a losing effort against the Red Sox.

Saunders was held out of action on Wednesday due to some mild discomfort in his hamstring, and it appears that the two days off did him some good. He should be back in there again on Saturday with right-hander Rick Porcello toeing the slab for the Red Sox.
Apr 9 - 8:11 AM

Michael Saunders (hamstring) is aiming to return to the Blue Jays' starting lineup Friday.

Saunders was held out of Wednesday's series finale against the Rays because of some mild hamstring discomfort. It doesn't sound like a strain. Ezequiel Carrera got the start in left field in Saunders' place.
Apr 7 - 3:09 PM

Michael Saunders doubled and clobbered a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Rays.

Saunders has been awful in his career against left-handed pitching, but both his double and home run came against southpaw Drew Smyly. The injury-prone outfielder also had a big spring training, so it appears he's locked in at the plate right now. He's worth using in fantasy leagues as long as he's healthy.
Apr 4 - 10:31 PM

Michael Saunders clubbed his fourth home run of the spring in a losing effort against the Red Sox on Friday.

Saunders is poised to enter the season as the Jays' starting left fielder and all he has done in Grapefruit League play is hit .318 with four homers, 11 RBI and a 1.011 OPS. He's certainly a health risk, but as long as he's in the lineup everyday he's certainly worthy of a look as a fourth or fifth outfielder in mixed leagues.
Apr 2 - 12:13 AM

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2Josh Thole
1B1Chris Colabello
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Andy Burns
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
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S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
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R1Drew Storen
2Roberto Osuna
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Chad Girodo
10Joe Biagini