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Joe Saunders    \SAWN-derz\

Joseph Francis Saunders (Bazooka Joe) (twitter: @J_saundo)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 215 lb.

Born: June 16, 1981 in Fairfax, VA
High School: West Springfield HS (Springfield, VA)
School: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA)
by the Anaheim Angels in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2002 amateur draft.
Signed June 10, 2002. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 16, 2005 (Age 24.061, 16,350th in MLB history)   vs. TOR 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 SO, 2 BB, 2 ER
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2006 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Angels/Diamondbacks/Mariners/Orioles/Rangers 2005-2014
Agents: Greg Genske [*]
Last Game: September 26, 2014 (Age 33.102)
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  • 3/29 MLBTradeRumors: Offseason In Review: Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks are next in our Offseason In Review series. Major League Signings J.J. Putz, RP: two years, $10MM.  $6.5MM...
  • 3/28 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Starting rotation set: The Arizona Diamondbacks starting rotation will be SPs Ian Kennedy, Dan Hudson, Joe Saunders, Barry Enright and Armando Galarraga,...[+]
  • 3/28 A Look at the 2011 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: In 2009 the Angels won 97 games and came two victories shy of making the World Series. That team featured a high-powered offense...
  • 3/26 B-R Blog: Is Kevin Milwood really that bad?: Kevin Milwood finally has a team after signing a minor-league deal with the Yankees. I'm surprised it took him so long to find...
  • 3/22 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders not a lock for rotation: Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said SP Joe Saunders is still competing for a spot in the starting rotation, according...[+]
  • 3/22 MLBTradeRumors: Best Arbitration Eligible Pitchers Without Extensions: Earlier today we looked at the best arbitration eligible position players without extensions, including Geovany Soto, Prince Fielder,...
  • 3/22 MLBTradeRumors: Latest On Rotation Battles: Rotation battles are being decided left and right.  Here's the latest. Scott Baker will serve as the Twins' fifth starter...
  • 3/18 Through The Fence Baseball: 2011 MLB Pre-Season Preview: NL West – Arizona Diamondbacks: Arizona Diamondbacks (2010 record: 65-97) Notable additions: 1B Russell Branyan, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Armando Gallaraga, RHP David...
  • 3/18 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders to pitch Saturday: Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders will pitch Saturday, March 19, after missing his last start because of the flu, which sapped...[+]
  • 3/11 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders scratched Friday: Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders (illness) was scratched from his start Friday, March 11, with an illness, according to The...[+]
  • 3/11 MLBTradeRumors: Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Rollins, Jackson, Latos, Rays: The first game in Petco Park history was played seven years ago today. Led by head coach Tony Gwynn, the San Diego State Aztecs...
  • 3/9 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders not impressing scouts: Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders has done nothing to impress scouts in spring training, according to The Arizona Republic's...[+]
  • 3/6 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders clubbed Sunday: Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders was pounded for four earned runs, six hits and a walk in two innings Sunday, March 6, against...[+]
  • 3/6 B-R Blog: 2010 Cubs: Blowout Specialists: The  2010 Cubs were involved in a bevy of blowouts.  Mostly they were on the receiving end of the whoopin' , but they also handed...
  • 3/3 My Pinstripes: The 2011 MLB Preview: The Arizona Diamondbacks | Baseball Digest: The 2011 MLB Preview: The Arizona Diamondbacks | Baseball DigestWhen a team finishes in last place in its division...
  • 3/2 Cactus League Notes (3/1): Russell Branyan hitting a long home run was not newsworthy on Tuesday at Salt River Field, but the fact that the lefty hitting...
  • 3/2 Call to the Pen: On The Plus and Minus: The Arizona Diamondbacks: If are wondering the heck a plus and minus is, you can read about it here. Previously, I examined the Pirates and the Nationals...
  • 3/1 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders might get Opening Day nod: Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson has not officially named a starter for Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies April...[+]
  • 3/1 Call to the Pen: The Arizona Diamondbacks SystemIn the antepenultimate edition of my system reviews, we're going to be looking at the Arizona Diamondbacks system....

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  • 2/27 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders adds cutter to his repertoire: Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders has added a cut fastball to his repertoire, according to Jack Magruder of[+]
  • 2/26 NY Baseball Digest: Verducci: Yanks Need a Lefty Starter: On Friday, Joe Benigno interviewed Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated on WFAN. During the segment, Verducci opined the Yankees...
  • 2/26 Cactus League Notes 2/25/2011: Only one game on Friday between major league opponents (I don’t scour the box scores between an MLB team and a college opponent...
  • 2/24 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders to start Cactus opener: Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders will start the Cactus League opener against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Feb. 25,...[+]
  • 2/9 It's About the Money (Stupid): Things that might only interest me: Highest paid players, per team: Via an email from Larry@IIATMS, this amazing tidbit: Johnny Damon will be the highest paid Tampa Bay Ray in 2011. Per Cot’s. Damon...

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  • 1/25 Baseball Musings: Galarraga to the Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks picked up Armando Galarraga from the Tigers for two minor league players. The Tigers signed their near perfect...
  • 1/24 MLBTradeRumors: D'Backs Acquire Armando Galarraga: The D'Backs acquired Armando Galarraga from the Tigers for Kevin Eichhorn and Ryan Robowski, the teams announced. The D'Backs...
  • 1/21 A different way to look at the performance of starting pitchers: When baseball analysts talk about pitchers they cite a number of familiar statistics: ERA, FIP, WHIP and ERA+, for example. These...
  • 1/19 The Biz of Baseball: Salary Arbitration Watch: Diamondbacks Sign Drew and Saunders, Still Working on Deals with Montero and Johnson: Kevin Towers has had to handle arbitration deadlines before. In his first offseason at the helm of the Diamondbacks, he had...
  • 1/19 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders update: Updating a previous item, the Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with SP Joe Saunders Tuesday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to a...[+]
  • 1/18 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Two avoid arbitration: The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with SS Stephen Drew and SP Joe Saunders Tuesday, Jan. 18, by agreeing to deals with...[+]
  • 1/18 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Aaron Heilman agrees: The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms to re-sign RP Aaron Heilman Tuesday, Jan. 18, and intend to let him compete for a spot...[+]
  • 1/18 MLBTradeRumors: D'Backs To Re-Sign Aaron Heilman: The Diamondbacks agreed to re-sign free agent pitcher Aaron Heilman, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter)....
  • 1/18 Philly Phanatics: Off-season scorecard: NL West: NATIONAL LEAGUE SIGNINGS/TRADES • AL SIGNINGS/TRADES • FREE AGENTS STILL AVAILABLE (listed by position and ranked) • NL...
  • 1/18 MLBTradeRumors: Players To Avoid Arbitration: Tuesday: Today is the deadline for players and teams to submit arbitration figures. The sides will then settle on a salary between the...
  • 1/13 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Roster shaping up: The Arizona Diamondbacks starting five pitchers are expected to be Ps Joe Saunders, Ian Kennedy, Dan Hudson, Zach Duke and Barry...[+]
  • 1/13 MLBTradeRumors: D’Backs Could Add Rotation Depth: The Diamondbacks have a full rotation, but they could add depth, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Piecoro suggests...
  • 1/6 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Four players remain arbitration eligible: Four Arizona Diamondbacks players remain eligible for salary arbitration, according to's Steve Gilbert. SS Stephen Drew,...[+]

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  • 9/30 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Want to add veteran starter: Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said one of the main priorities this offseason will be to add a veteran starting...[+]
  • 9/22 The UpperCard Network: D’Backs Hire Kevin Towers As General Manager: 3:52pm: Towers has officially been hired as the general manager of the Diamondbacks, writes Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports. He’ll...
  • 9/22 MLBTradeRumors: Dipoto Will Not Return To Diamondbacks: Jerry Dipoto, Arizona's interim GM since July, will not return to the Diamondbacks organization. Kevin Towers is the team's permanent...
  • 9/22 Baseball Musings: West Coast Roundup: The Athletics defeated the White Sox 7-2 as Trevor Cahill pitched a Cy Young like performance. He went eight innings, walking...
  • 9/22 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders finds the right mixture: Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders allowed a run on six hits and struck out seven in eight innings to beat the Colorado Rockies...[+]
  • 9/16 Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Joe Saunders blasted Wednesday: Arizona Diamondbacks SP Joe Saunders allowed nine hits and seven runs (four earned) while walking one and striking out four in...[+]
  • 9/15 Baseball Musings: Trading for Wins: Jack Moore looks at how the Dan Haren/Joe Saunders trade hurt Arizona. Moore also touches on the idea that I thought died with...
  • 9/10 Baseball Musings: Evil Player: The Evil Player program selected Joe Saunders as Friday’s evil player. The evil spell of this fallen Angel broke in 2010...

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  • 5/29 Baseball Daily Digest: John Lackey Lackluster in Beantown: At 27-23, the Boston Red Sox hardly face insurmountable odds in terms of climbing back into the playoff race. But it won’t...
  • 5/25 Baseball Daily Digest: Roto Lunch – May 25: Yesterday was a mixed bag. Though none of the three starters were “recommended” yesterday, As a smart commenter suggested,...
  • 5/25 Baseball Press: The 606 - May 24, 2010: Clay Buchholz tries to stop Wade Davis and the red hot Rays (AP) Baseball Press presents "The 606", a look into the three most...
  • 5/25 Baseball Press: The 606 - May 25, 2010: Jon Lester looks to stay hot against James Shields and the Rays (AP) Baseball Press presents "The 606", a look into the three...
  • 5/20 Hot off the Wire: Angels | Joe Saunders allows one run in win: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Saunders allowed just one run and four hits Wednesday, May 19, in a 3-2 win over the Chicago...[+]
  • 5/15 Hot off the Wire: Angels | Joe Saunders hurls shutout Friday: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Saunders (2-5) tossed a four-hit shutout against the Oakland Athletics Friday, May 14, according...[+]
  • 5/15 MLBTradeRumors: Angels Unlikely To Overhaul Roster: The season is barely more than a month old, but the Angels are off to their worst start in 20 years thanks to a 16-21 record...
  • 5/8 B-R Blog: Bibbidi Bobbidi BAbip: Batting Average on balls put into play (BAbip) is a pitcher's batting average allowed on batted balls ending a plate appearance...
  • 5/6 Hot off the Wire: Angels | Joe Saunders becoming more hittable: A scout believes Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Saunders' pitchers are very hittable these days, according to ESPN's Jayson...[+]

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  • 4/22 B-R Blog: Halladay’s start: Roy Halladay has had a very impressive start. It's been a while since a pitcher won his first 4 starts of the season with at least...