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Joe Saunders

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)
Drafted
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)   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
2014 Contract Status: Signed thru 2014, 1 yr/$500k (14) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2014): 7.013, Free Agent: 2015 [*], Agents: Greg Genske [*]
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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 KFFL.com 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 YankeeAnalysts.com: 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 BaseballDigest.com 2011 MLB Preview: The Arizona Diamondbacks | Baseball Digest: The BaseballDigest.com 2011 MLB Preview: The Arizona Diamondbacks | Baseball DigestWhen a team finishes in last place in its division...
  • 3/2 Mastersball.com: 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 KFFL.com 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....

News -- February 2011

  • 2/27 KFFL.com 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 FOXSportsArizona.com....[+]
  • 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 Mastersball.com: 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 KFFL.com 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...

News -- January 2011

  • 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 YankeeAnalysts.com: 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com Hot off the Wire: Diamondbacks | Four players remain arbitration eligible: Four Arizona Diamondbacks players remain eligible for salary arbitration, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. SS Stephen Drew,...[+]

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  • 9/30 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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 KFFL.com 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...[+]

News -- April 2010

  • 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...