Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/2/13
I expected big things for Michael Saunders in 2013.  He was fresh off a 2.1 fWAR season and had just won his World Baseball Classic pool’s MVP.  Fast forward to late June and Michael Saunders is not looking good.  In May and June, he is hitting .201, and while June has seen a slight rebound in average (.222) he has still been a bad hitter.  However, looking at Saunders' batted ball profile is puzzling; he should probably be hitting better.  His batted ball stats are better than last year when he 'broke out': he is hitting less balls on the ground and more in the air (1.08 ground ball to fly ball ratio compared to 1.31 from 2012), and he has seen a negligible amount more line drives than in 2012 (1.3%).  Saunders has also trimmed 5% off his infield fly balls (measure as a percent of all fly balls, not plate appearances) which are statistically the second worst outcome at the plate.  In fact, in 2012 at 20.2% line drives (LD), 45.2% ground balls (GB), 34.6% fly balls (FB), and 11.0%
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