MJ Melendez

MJ Melendez

23-Year-Old CatcherC
Kansas City Royals
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Melendez bounced back from a horrific showing at High-A in 2019 (39.4 K%) to lead the minors with 41 home runs while hitting .288/.386/.625 in 123 games at Double-A and Triple-A. He had a great 39.2 Hard% along with a 14.1 BB% and a 21.7 K%. Melendez always had plus raw power, but he overhauled his swing and stance, which was the cause of his surprise resurgence. With Salvador Perez locked in as the Royals' primary catcher, Melendez is expected to get work at third base and the corner outfield spots at Triple-A, where his 70-grade arm could still add value. Kansas City has a lot of hitters vying for playing time at those positions and designated hitter this upcoming season, so it's unclear when he will be given a look as an everyday player in the majors. His power should translate whenever he gets his shot, and he should eventually make enough contact to hit for a passable batting average. The key to his long-term fantasy value will be for him to get enough starts at catcher to retain that eligibility, which could lead to him being one of the leaders in plate appearances for catcher-eligible players, assuming he is playing other positions when he is not catching. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#445
ADP
$Signed a $2.1 million contract with the Royals in June of 2017.
Posts three hits
CKansas City Royals
October 2, 2022
Melendez went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Guardians.
ANALYSIS
Melendez was solid atop the Royals' order, and he contributed an RBI single in the eighth inning as they tried to claw back from a deficit. The rookie has hit safely in four of his last five games, contributing a home run, three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored while going 7-for-19 in that span. For the season, he's up to a .224/.321/.405 slash line with 18 home runs, 62 RBI, 57 runs scored and two stolen bases through 126 contests.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
51
3
8
18
6
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
1
11
2
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2021
No Stats
2020
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .846 125 17 4 14 1 .297 .360 .486
Since 2020vs Right .686 396 40 14 48 1 .199 .308 .378
2022vs Left .846 125 17 4 14 1 .297 .360 .486
2022vs Right .686 396 40 14 48 1 .199 .308 .378
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2021
No Stats
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .727 270 29 11 41 0 .229 .304 .424
Since 2020Away .723 251 28 7 21 2 .218 .339 .384
2022Home .727 270 29 11 41 0 .229 .304 .424
2022Away .723 251 28 7 21 2 .218 .339 .384
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does MJ Melendez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.52
 
BB Rate
12.7%
 
K Rate
24.4%
 
BABIP
.265
 
ISO
.181
 
AVG
.224
 
OBP
.321
 
SLG
.405
 
OPS
.725
 
wOBA
.320
 
Exit Velocity
90.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.1%
 
Barrels/PA
6.8%
 
Expected BA
.236
 
Expected SLG
.413
 
Sprint Speed
23.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
38.8%
 
Line Drive %
20.8%
 
Fly Ball %
40.4%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
One of the most athletic high-end catching prospects in recent memory, Melendez has plus power and should be able to stick behind the plate. He sells out for home runs at times (30.3 K%), but was still 28 percent better than the average Sally League hitter as a 19-year-old. His .241 ISO and 19 home runs ranked fourth and fifth in the league, respectively. Not only is that level of production rare for teenage catchers at Low-A, but catchers that age are very rarely even assigned to a full-season league. While he hit more balls to the opposite field (28.2%) than he did in the AZL in 2017 (22.2%), it still seems unlikely that Melendez will ever hit much better than .250 as he climbs the ladder, though that hardly excludes him from being a top fantasy catcher. He has plenty of time to improve as a receiver, and his plus arm, athleticism and ability to speak fluent English and Spanish are big marks in his favor. Look for him to debut in 2021 or 2022.
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Tallies 18th homer
CKansas City Royals
September 28, 2022
Melendez went 1-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run Wednesday against the Tigers.
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Deep blast in win
CKansas City Royals
September 22, 2022
Melendez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Minnesota.
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Crushes homer in win
CKansas City Royals
September 20, 2022
Melendez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Twins.
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Scores four runs in win
CKansas City Royals
September 18, 2022
Melendez went 3-for-5 with two RBI, four runs scored and a steal in Saturday's victory over the Red Sox.
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Two RBI in win
CKansas City Royals
September 4, 2022
Melendez went 2-for-4 with an RBI single, a solo home run and two total runs scored in Saturday's 12-2 win against the Tigers.
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