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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 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

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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

Michael Saunders stayed hot at the plate in Thursday's loss to the Orioles, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Saunders delivered a run-scoring double as part of a three-run first inning for the Jays. He has been installed as the club's cleanup hitter in recent weeks as he's slashing an impressive .294/.374/.528 with nine homers and 20 RBI. As long as he remains there, he should continue to see ample opportunities to drive in runs.
Jun 9 - 11:18 PM

Michael Saunders doubled twice and scored twice as the Jays' cleanup hitter Wednesday.

Saunders was hitting leadoff occasionally before the Jays put Jose Bautista up there. Now he's a middle-of-the-order guy instead, which probably suits him better. He leads the Jays with a .914 OPS in 176 at-bats.
Jun 1 - 10:34 PM

Michael Saunders is absent from the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day off. Ezequiel Carrera is left field. Russell Martin is also on the bench, as Josh Thole is catching R.A. Dickey, as usual.

Michael Saunders went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk in Wednesday's win over the Yankees.

The 29-year-old outfielder hasn't played 100-plus games since 2013 due to injuries, but he's now hitting .312/.379/.567 with 11 doubles, a triple, and nine homers in just 174 plate appearances. He is swinging the bat so well that he handled clean-up duties for the Blue Jays on Wednesday. His .385 BABIP suggests a serious change-of-fortune is around the corner, but anyone batting in the middle of a potent Blue Jays' lineup should be owned in all leagues.
May 25 - 10:22 PM

Michael Saunders went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in Friday’s victory over the Twins.

Make that seven homers for Saunders and three in his last nine games. After a lost 2015 season due to a knee injury, the 29-year-old has bounced back in a big way so far by batting .317/.382/.549 through 37 games. His .931 OPS leads the Blue Jays. How’s that for unlikely?
May 20 - 11:46 PM

Michael Saunders launched his sixth homer of the season in Wednesday' loss to the Rays.

Saunders punished a get-me-over curveball from Jake Odorizzi for a solo home run in the fifth inning. His .407 BABIP suggests fantasy owners could be in for a major hurtin' in the coming months, but the 29-year-old is finally hitting for the kind of power we hoped was possible outside of Safeco in Seattle. He has a .311/.381/.530 slash line with six homers, 13 RBI and 19 runs scored in 147 plate appearances. Now, about those zero stolen bases...
May 18 - 11:06 PM

Michael Saunders hit a game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Giants.

Saunders teed off against Giants closer Santiago Casilla to lead off the ninth inning. While that knotted the score at 4-4, the Blue Jays would not score again on the afternoon. For the season, Saunders is slashing a stellar .315/.388/.556 with nine doubles, five homers and 11 RBI over 108 at-bats.
May 11 - 8:34 PM

Michael Saunders is in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's contest against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

It's encouraging to see him in the lineup against a tough left-hander, even if it is out of the seventh spot in the lineup. Saunders is hitting .289/.373/.522 with four homers and nine RBI on the season.
May 7 - 9:57 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Chris Colabello
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
2Junior Lake
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Drew Storen
3Brett Cecil
4Jason Grilli
5Joe Biagini
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Chad Girodo