Michael Saunders
LF | Bats/Throws: L/R | 6' 4" 225LBS | Age: 37
Draft: 2004 | Rd: 11, #333, Seattle Mariners | Lambrick Park Ss (BC)
PA AB R H HR SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2015 36 31 2 6 0 0 .194 .306 .194 .500
2016 558 490 70 124 24 1 .253 .338 .478 .816
2017 234 218 26 44 6 0 .202 .256 .344 .600
9 Seasons 2,747 2,455 324 570 81 55 .232 .305 .397 .702
AVG HR SB OPS
2015 .194 0 0 .500
2016 .253 24 1 .816
2017 .202 6 0 .600
9 Seasons .232 81 55 .702
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Statcast Batting Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB%
2015 28 159 21 1 4.8 2.8 91.3 106.3 -4.1 14.3 .192 .284 .242 .281 .324 38.1 27.8 13.9
2016 29 2383 337 26 7.7 4.7 90.0 110.4 11.1 33.2 .234 .404 .348 .318 .398 44.5 28.1 10.6
2017 30 985 163 11 6.7 4.7 85.9 108.3 11.9 26.4 .226 .367 .256 .278 .337 32.1 23.5 6.4
Player 3527 521 38 7.3 4.6 88.8 110.4 10.8 30.3 .230 .388 .317 .305 .377 40.4 26.8 9.5
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.




Fastball: 4 Seam, 2 Seam, Cutter, Sinker. Offspeed: Split, Change, Fork, Screw. Breaking: Slider, Curve, Knuckle, Sweeper, Slurve, Other
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Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2015 76.2 9.5 14.3 0.0 42.9 38.1 19.0 0.0 57.1 4.8 19.0 0.0 4.8 2.8
2016 41.5 24.6 28.2 5.6 37.1 37.1 25.8 3.6 32.3 23.4 22.3 9.5 7.7 4.7
2017 45.4 25.8 19.6 9.2 36.2 43.6 20.2 4.9 35.0 25.8 23.3 3.1 6.7 4.7
Player 44.1 24.4 25.0 6.5 37.0 39.2 23.8 3.8 34.2 23.4 22.5 7.1 7.3 4.6
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2017 4-Seamer -1.2 -4 336 34.1 77 .208 .361 .273 13.4 18.2 15.7 .225 .380 .285 36.2
2017 Sinker -1.9 -4 217 22.0 56 .188 .292 .293 11.4 12.5 14.9 .277 .467 .369 41.5
2017 Curveball 0.0 0 120 12.2 19 .211 .316 .226 32.0 26.3 14.7 .250 .371 .267 28.6
2017 Slider -0.6 -1 115 11.7 28 .259 .481 .325 34.4 35.7 20.0 .232 .371 .272 23.5
2017 Changeup -3.5 -4 111 11.3 26 .154 .269 .181 40.7 34.6 22.0 .150 .184 .145 11.8
2017 Cutter -3.4 -2 57 5.8 16 .250 .500 .337 32.3 25.0 28.6 .199 .401 .249 25.0
2017 Splitter -8.3 -1 12 1.2 5 .000 .000 .000 66.7 80.0 44.4 .096 .107 .088 0.0
2017 Knuckleball -10.7 -1 9 0.9 3 .000 .000 .000 40.0 66.7 100.0 .083 .101 .075 0.0
2017 Sweeper -3.3 0 4 0.4 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2009 129 510 -4 -8 1 1 -10
2010 326 1,366 -9 -9 6 4 -8
2011 178 761 -12 -14 2 1 -22
2012 546 2,154 6 -18 7 9 4
2013 461 1,868 -8 -12 12 6 -2
2014 258 1,014 -3 1 6 3 8
2015 36 159 -2 1 1 0 0
2016 578 2,466 -5 -10 11 9 5
2017 231 983 -5 -20 5 4 -16
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Swing % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2015 159 50.3 62.5 86.0 24.1 47.4 44.0 33.3 43.4 23.2 7.5 66.7
2016 2,383 47.5 68.5 80.3 23.2 44.5 43.1 27.1 44.7 29.1 7.2 83.6
2017 985 46.9 71.6 84.8 26.8 55.0 43.6 16.3 47.9 23.7 7.7 84.2
Player 3,527 47.5 69.0 81.8 24.2 47.9 43.3 24.3 45.5 27.3 7.3 83.0
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 29.6 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Max EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
Speed OAA Arm
Strength
2015 49 29
2016 40 16 38 51 45 55 60 66 77 88 10 81 15 84 50 18
2017 62 63
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 23.8 25 21.2 4 12 21 5 20.0
2017 23.3 6 7.3 -1 6 6 3 50.0
Player 23.7 31 28.5 3 18 27 8 25.8

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 25 21 16 20 24 18 24 22 19 15 21 30 21 18 18 22 11 16 24 24 22 16 27 26 18 19 22 36 26 22 18
2017 6 8 6 8 7 5 8 8 5 5 5 12 9 8 7 9 5 5 8 6 10 7 9 9 8 5 7 10 10 6 4
Player 31 29 22 28 31 23 32 30 24 20 26 42 30 26 25 31 16 21 32 30 32 23 36 35 26 24 29 46 36 28 22
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-  
Exit Velocity 91.3 90.0 -1.3 85.9 -4.1
Launch Angle -4.1 11.1 15.2 11.9 0.8
Barrel % 4.8 7.7 2.9 6.7 -1.0
Hard Hit % 38.1 44.5 6.4 32.1 -12.4
Sweet Spot % 14.3 33.2 18.9 26.4 -6.8
xBA .192 .234 0.042 .226 -0.008
BA .194 .253 0.059 .202 -0.051
xwOBA .281 .318 0.037 .278 -0.040
wOBA .242 .348 0.106 .256 -0.092
xSLG .284 .404 0.120 .367 -0.037
SLG .194 .478 0.284 .344 -0.134
K% 27.8 28.1 0.3 23.5 -4.6
BB% 13.9 10.6 -3.3 6.4 -4.2
Swing % 43.4 44.7 1.3 47.9 3.2
Whiff% 23.2 29.1 5.9 23.7 -5.4
In Zone % 50.3 47.5 -2.8 46.9 -0.6
Out of Zone % 49.7 52.5 2.8 53.1 0.6
Out of Zone Swing % 24.1 23.2 -0.9 26.8 3.6
First Pitch Swing % 33.3 27.1 -6.2 16.3 -10.8
First Pitch Strike % 69.4 55.2 -14.2 51.1 -4.1
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

wOBA
SeasonAlignment TypeBat SidePAShifts/Shades%No Shift/ShadeShift/Shade
2016 Shifts L 544 276 50.7 .348 .331
2017 Shifts L 231 121 52.4 .312 .208
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2010 388 15.9 41.5% 1.5% 292 21.0 4.8% 9.2%
2011 217 15.1 48.4% 2.3% 123 21.4 0.0% 9.8%
2012 621 15.7 37.4% 1.4% 322 22.1 1.6% 7.5%
2013 603 16.5 30.3% 2.8% 270 22.1 2.2% 8.5%
2014 336 16.5 32.1% 0.9% 147 22.3 0.7% 10.9%
2015 46 16.7 34.8% 6.5% 26 25.2 0.0% 23.1%
2016 742 18.5 21.2% 4.4% 404 23.2 9.7% 16.3%
2017 278 17.4 20.9% 2.9% 179 21.5 1.1% 10.6%
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