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55 Michael Saunders CF
Height/Weight: 6-4/225 | Birthdate: 11/19/1986 | Birthplace: Victoria, B.C., CAN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Seattle | College: Tallahasee CC FL | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $512,600 | Owned/Started%: 5/2 | Average Draft Position: 319.55
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M's hoping Michael Saunders is ready to 'take the next step'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders said he spent the offseason fine tuning the approach that helped him bat .261 with a .469 slugging percentage and .816 OPS over his final 70 games (56 starts) last season.

Saunders spent a little time working with new hitting coach Howard Johnson, who was an integral part to Saunders' second-half surge.

"I knew what I needed to work on going into the offseason. I was really excited about it and I just flew him out to make sure I was doing the right things, because it was him and [former hitting coach Dave] Hansen that were helping me out with it and I kind of connected with HoJo when he got called up," Saunders told MLB.com. "He was basically just keeping an eye on me and seeing what else he could add to it, now that I've had ample time to work at it."

The Mariners expect to have a wide-open competition in the outfield this spring. Saunders can play all three outfield spots, but he needs to find consistency in his offensive game to earn regular playing time during the season.

"It's up to Michael," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "With a lot of these guys, we have competition. Who emerges? We'll see. We've been waiting for Michael, as a good example, to get over that hump. We've seen good things, we've seen spurts from him where he's been good. He can play defense, bunt, run, but he hasn't put his game all together yet. I think everyone would agree, he's a very talented, athletic kid who needs to take the next step. I could say that about several of our young players."


Michael Saunders gets one-year deal to avoid arbitration


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) The Mariners signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. A source told The Seattle Times the deal is worth $2.3 million.

Michael Saunders drives in two runs


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders doubled twice and drove in two runs Wednesday during an 8-0 win at Detroit. Saunders went 2 for 4 in the game with two runs scored.

The outfielder is batting .237 on the year after the two-hit performance. Saunders has gone 4 for 7 with three doubles, a triple, three runs scored and two RBI over his last two games. He's looking to finish the year strong for the Mariners.

Michael Saunders comes off bench for Mariners


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders, who had been dealing with a sore neck, returned to action Tuesday night against Texas in an extra-inning game.

Saunders was used as a pinch-runner for Michael Morse and remained in the game to play left field. He ended up singling in two at-bats. Saunders is batting .235 and should be in the lineup Wednesday.

Michael Saunders sitting again for Seattle


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders remained out of the lineup Tuesday against Texas. Saunders said his sore neck is feeling better and is day to day. Saunders is hitting .234/.324/.389 in 321 at-bats. 

Michael Saunders not back yet


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders continues to deal with a sore neck that he says is feeling better, MLB.com reports Monday. Saunders did not get the start Monday against Texas. 

Saunders, however, hopes to take batting practice for the first time since the neck issue cropped up. He hopes to get back in the lineup shortly. 


Michael Saunders out with neck soreness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders missed the last two games with neck soreness, but expects to be ready Monday, according to the Everett Herald

Saunders slept wrong Friday, which caused the injury. He hopes to return Monday and is considered day-to-day. Saunders is hitting .234/.324/.389 in 321 at-bats. 


Michael Saunders homers twice in win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was the offensive star of his team's 8-4 win over the Orioles Saturday, going 2 for 4 with one walk, two home runs and five RBI.

Saunders has hit three home runs in two games against the Orioles during the weekend series while raising his line to .234/.318/.406 with 10 home runs, 37 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 278 at-bats.


Not ready to buy into Michael Saunders


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders has put up some nice numbers the last few weeks. He is batting .288 (15 for 52) with a .558 slugging percentage, .914 OPS, one triple, two home runs, six doubles, 12 runs and 13 RBI in his last 14 games.

Still, I'm having trouble believing this is nothing more than a short burst of productivity for the 26-year-old outfielder. It's not like we haven't seen this before from Saunders. He's had these kinds of hot streaks, but he just hasn't been able to sustain it over a long period. 

I've got no problem with Fantasy owners treating Saunders like a stopgap option, but it seems that's all he might be.


Michael Saunders breaks up no-hitter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders broke up the Astros' no-hitter in the seventh inning Saturday with a two-run double for his team's only hit in a 4-2 win. The double was the 11th for Saunders, who has moved his line to .228/.309/.367 with a nine-game hitting streak.

Michael Saunders drives in three


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders drove in three runs during Monday's game against the Red Sox.

Saunders hit two doubles, finishing the game 2 for 4. He struck out in his other two at-bats. Sauners is hitting .213/.297/.338 in 207 at-bats. 


Michael Saunders goes yard in first game back


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders made his presence felt at the plate as he launched his fifth home run of the season Friday night against the Reds.

Saunders took starter Mike Leake deep for a solo shot in the second inning. He also drove in one more on a sacrifice fly in the third and finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI in a 4-2 victory. He is hitting .212 with five homers and 17 RBI in 198 at-bats.

Michael Saunders returns to starting lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (finger) returned to the starting lineup Friday night against the Reds. Saunders was held out five straight games with a finger injury. He is hitting .188 (9 for 48) over his last 21 games. He has a .210/.298/.318 with four homers and 15 RBI in 195 at-bats. 

Michael Saunders expected to return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2013) Mariners manager Eric Wedge expects to have center fielder Michael Saunders back in the lineup Friday against the Reds.

"We'll get him back in there [Friday]," Wedge told MLB.com Thursday. "That's the plan right now. Obviously, he was able to go up to home plate and put up a good at-bat yesterday. He's still not 100 percent, but he's a lot closer."

Saunders hasn't started for five straight games, though he has appeared as a pinch runner and pinch hitter.


Michael Saunders out of lineup Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2013) Mariners center fielder Michael Saunders is out of Thursday's lineup against the Rangers. This is his fifth straight missed start, although he did appear in Wednesday's game as a pinch runner.

Saunders remains day-to-day with a finger injury.


Michael Saunders scores go-ahead run


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (finger), who missed his fourth straight start Wednesday against the Rangers, did appear in the extra-inning win as a pinch-runner and designated hitter. 

Saunders walked in his only plate appearance and ended up scoring the go-ahead run on a two-run homer off the bat of Kyle Seager in the 10th inning. Saunders is day to day and should get back in the starting lineup possibly Thursday. 


Michael Saunders sitting out again


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (finger) could not get back in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers. Saunders missed his fourth straight start. He's day to day and should return shortly considering he's been playing catch and is considered available off the bench.  

Michael Saunders itching to get back into game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders (finger) missed a third straight start Tuesday against the Rangers. However, he played catch before the game and said he would be available off the bench if needed.

Michael Saunders' finger injury not serious


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was unable to swing a bat or throw a ball Sunday after being spiked on the middle finger of his right hand Friday, but he told MLB.com he does not think the injury is serious.  

"I'm going to try to do some stuff," Saunders said. "But no matter what, I'll be available."

The Mariners are down to three healthy outfielders after Saunders and Dustin Ackley suffered hand injuries within days of each other, but manager Eric Wedge thinks neither injury will be a lingering issue.

"Ack's thumb looks pretty good," he said. "It's still going to be a couple days, but all things considered, it could have been a lot worse. We're trying to figure out what Saunders' availability is right now. He's still getting some treatment and doing some things."

Saunders did not appear Sunday against the Cubs, but he could be available beginning Tuesday against the Rangers.


Michael Saunders misses second straight start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders missed a second straight start Sunday against the Cubs because of a hand injury. However, Saunders said he would be available off the bench, if needed.

Saunders is batting .281 (9 for 32) with a double, an RBI, four walks and five runs in his last 12 games (nine starts).


Michael Saunders out a few days


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders was spiked in the middle finger Friday against the Cubs and will miss a few days, MLB.com reports. He was definitely not in the lineup for Saturday's game, though he is available to pinch run. 

Saunders is slumping right now at the plate. He's gone 9 for 47 (.191) over his last 18 games with just two RBI and 10 strikeouts. 


Offense evaporates for Michael Saunders


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2013) Offense has been scarce for Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders in June. Despite going 1 for 3 Sunday against the Athletics, Saunders is mired in a 2-for-22 slump in his last nine games and is batting .195 (8 for 41) in 14 June games.

In fact, Saunders' offensive struggles have lasted several weeks. He's batting .133 (12 for 90) in 28 games since May 16, dropping his average from .278 to .201. He hasn't homered since belting two home runs May 4, which is a span of 36 games. Saunders has managed just four doubles and three RBI in that 36-game span.


Michael Saunders continues good start to June


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders went 2 for 3 with a run scored in a win Tuesday over the White Sox.

The solid night continued a good start to June for Saunders. He hit just .187/.282/.297 in May, but he's 5 for 13 (.385) with a double and a couple of walks in the first four games of the new month.

Michael Saunders 'a bit worn down'


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2013) Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders has been given Saturday off to regroup, MLB.com reports.

Saunders is in a 2-for-19 slump and manager Eric Wedge just wants him to forget about it.

"I just think he's a bit worn down," Wedge said of Saunders.



Michael Saunders doubles twice


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2013) Mariners center fielder Michael Saunders doubled twice and drew one walk in five plate appearances Wednesday as part of a 12-2 blowout win over the Yankees. The two two-baggers doubled Saunders' double total this season.

Saunders has hit .278/.359/.506 with four home runs and six stolen bases in 93 plate appearances this season.