A solid junior college transfer, Saunders could see time at any of four positions, including first base, third base, catcher or designated hitter... Battling for the starting job at third base with two-year starter Ty Soto... Talented enough that he will be in the lineup everyday at one of these four spots... Has intangibles that are off the chart... Leader in every sense of the word... Very versatile... Switch-hitter that should hit the ball from gap-to-gap... Should total some RBIs while hitting in the middle of the order.
during fall drills
Made three starts for the Purple Sox during the Fall Ball World Series, starting once at first base, third base and designated hitter... Posted a .222 batting average with one walk... Had a team-leading four strikeouts.
at connors state college (2001-02)
A two-year starter and letterman at Connors State College in Warner, Okla. ... One of three Connors players to sign with the Wildcats, joining teammates Marc Chabot and Jim Ripley... Served as the team's starting third baseman and catcher... Helped the Shabs to a 44-8 overall record and a No. 8 ranking in the final NJCAA poll in 2002... Named first team All-Region II as a sophomore... Selected to the NJCAA All-Tournament team as a catcher... Saw action in 46 games... Collected a .364 batting average in 118 at-bats with 42 runs scored on 43 hits and 44 RBIs... Turned in 24 extra-base hits, including 12 home runs... Struck out just 13 times, while earning 25 walks... Had three stolen bases... Helped the team to a 46-12 overall record and a No. 2 ranking in the final NJCAA poll in 2001... Lost in the second round of the Region II playoffs... Tallied a .357 batting average as a freshman in 168 at-bats with 34 runs scored on 60 hits and 40 RBIs... Also collected five home runs... Coached by Perry Keith.
at muskogee high school
A three-year starter and letterman at Muskogee High School in Muskogee, Okla. ... Named to the all-district and all-conference teams as a senior... Also selected team most valuable player... Coached in baseball by Mike Case.
(Full name: Zachary Tate Saunders) was born May 30, 1981, in Muskogee, Okla. ... He is the son of Haskell and Ginger Saunders... Has two brothers, Nick and Griff... Wants to coach at the high school or college level... Is planning a major in social science.