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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

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
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
2Jimmy Paredes
Starting Pitcher
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Drew Storen
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Joe Biagini
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Chad Girodo
10Pat Venditte