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Two-thirds of the Mariners starting outfielders have been either traded or injured, yet the outfield is the best it’s been in the past several years. Even with Mike Carp, who was supposed to be a huge part of this Mariners lineup out on the DL almost all year and Ichiro traded to the Yankees, this team has found success in some young former prospects.
Michael Saunders has been in the team’s farm system since 2005 and jumped between the bigs and AAA since 2009. We’ve long known that with his size he has easy 20 HR/20 SB capability, but he just hasn’t put it together. Saunders currently boasts a fairly decent .246/.300/.414 slash with a .298 BABIP to go with 14 HRs and 13 steals. With that said, he’s far from perfect. With 108 K’s to just 32 walks, Saunders has much work to be done but he’s finally taken a big step in the right direction.no comments