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 Mike Saunders is an interesting name to look at this offseason for fantasy players.  Currently undrafted in many leagues, he's looking to be quite an interesting value play.  He's 27 and bats lefty.

Let's look at his history:


Michael Saunders will be an interesting person to look at fantasy wise.
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His 2013 was not good.  He struggled in the first half and against lefties, most of which was caused by low BABIPs.  He really failed to build on a solid 2012.

In 2013, though, he upped his walk percentage and lowered his swinging strike percentage and the number of times he swung at pitches outside the strikezone, which is a good sign for plate discipline.  

His xBABIP was .328 compared to an actual BABIP of .298.  In a full season of neutral luck, he could hit .260.  Normalizing his home run/fly ball rates as well, and extrapolating stolen bases, he could be good for a 20-20 season in 2014.

The biggest roadblock to him getting consistent playing time could be position battles.  Franklin Gutierrez, an elite defender with a good bat (if he could stay healthy), looms.  It is unknown who the Mariners will choose to start consistently in the outfield at this time.  He will be a risky pick but probably well worth a $1 gamble.