Found January 16, 2013 on
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In his first 204 MLB games, Michael Saunders couldn’t quite figure it out. He slashed .196/.263/.306 combined with a 28.3 K% and 8.5 BB%; that’s the profile of an overmanned batter. In 2012, Saunders finally started to show signs of finally figuring out MLB pitching as he slashed .247/.306/.432, which is not that impressive, but his K rate dipped to 23.9%.
On top of all that, Saunders showed some impressive power/speed combo with 19 HR and 21 SB and he only just turned 26 years old. The age doesn’t guarantee improvement, but if he can continue to improve on his strikeout rate and possibly bring his walk rate up to what he showed in the minors (14.7 BB% in 771 PAs in AAA) he could be in for an even better 2013.
At a Glance
Neutral: R, BB, BA, OBP, SLG, OPS
Weaknesses: RBI, K
Best-case scenario: Ben Zobrist (TB)
Likely scenario: Jeff Francoeur (KC), Torii Hunter (DET), Kyle Seager (SEA)
Worst-case scenario: Colby Rasmus (TOR)
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