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78-84 4-6 W1
66-96 6-4 L3
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2022 Batting

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Batting Average
HR
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OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .217 18 62 .706 2

Top MJ Melendez News

  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Posts three hits

    Melendez went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Guardians.

    Melendez was solid atop the Royals' order, and he contributed an RBI single in the eighth inning as the team 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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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Tallies 18th homer

    Melendez went 1-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run Wednesday against the Tigers.

    Melendez took Will Vest deep to lead off the game for his 18th homer of the season. Melendez now has three home runs across his last seven starts, though he's gone hitless on four occasions in that span. Through 503 career plate appearances, Melendez owns a .314 wOBA and 101 wRC+.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Deep blast in win

    Melendez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Minnesota.

    Melendez led off the first inning with a home run off righty starter Bailey Ober to open the scoring. During his last five games, the catcher has posted a .850 slugging percentage over 20 at-bats with two home runs and five RBI

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Crushes homer in win

    Melendez went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and a double in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Twins.

    Melendez got the Royals on the board with his third-inning blast. The long ball was his first since Sept. 3, snapping a 13-game drought in which he hit just .188 with two doubles, a triple, five RBI and nine runs scored. The 23-year-old continues to put up solid counting stats with 16 homers, three triples, 18 doubles, 56 RBI and 51 runs scored through 115 contests, but his slash line sits at .223/.318/.401.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Scores four runs in win

    Melendez went 3-for-5 with two RBI, four runs scored and a steal in Saturday's victory over the Red Sox.

    Melendez singled home Nate Eaton in the third inning of Saturday's contest, then picked up another RBI in the sixth when Michael Massey scored on the catcher's groundout. Melendez reached home on four singles, including one from Salvador Perez and Bobby Witt and two from Vinnie Pasquantino. Melendez also swiped a bag, his second of the season. This three-hit outing was arguably his best performance of the season and gives him hits in back-to-back games. Melendez's batting average is now up to .222 after the stellar outing.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Two RBI in win

    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.

    Melendez singled home Nate Eaton in the fourth inning, then homered in the sixth. It was Melendez's 15th homer of the season and his first since Aug. 10. He also picked up a stolen base in the game, his first of the season. The catcher has been off to a hot start this month, going 4-for-13 (.308) and is now slashing .224/.319/.406 on the season.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Takes seat Tuesday

    Melendez is on the bench for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.

    This marks consecutive games out of the lineup for Melendez, who has gone 6-for-29 with 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games. Kyle Isbel gets the start in left field Tuesday.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Melendez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.

    Melendez started the past eight games, with six starts in left field and two behind the plate, and will take a seat Sunday after he posted a .669 OPS during that stretch. Brent Rooker will man left field while Salvador Perez and Sebastian Rivero are at designated hitter and catcher, respectively.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Receiving day off

    Melendez is out of the lineup Thursday against the Rays.

    Melendez will get a much-needed day off after he started 23 of the team's previous 24 games. While moving between both corner-outfield spots, catcher and designated hitter, Melendez should continue to hold down a full-time spot in the lineup as Kansas City's leadoff man. However, the Royals will turn to fellow rookie Michael Massey as their table setter Thursday, while Melendez gets a chance to rest after going 0-for-18 with five walks over his previous six games.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Healthy scratch Sunday

    Manager Mike Matheny said Melendez was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Dodgers in order to "give another player an opportunity," Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

    The 23-year-old was penciled in to bat leadoff in Sunday's series finale, but he instead came off the bench in favor of Nate Eaton. It's good news Melendez isn't dealing with an injury, but Matheny's post-game comments aren't exactly encouraging. Melendez has an .805 OPS with four home runs, 13 RBI and eight runs through 13 games in August.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Late scratch Sunday

    Melendez was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the Dodgers for undisclosed reasons.

    The 23-year-old was slated to start in left field and bat leadoff, but he was instead scratched from the lineup about an hour before first pitch. It's unclear if Melendez is dealing with an injury or if manager Mike Matheny simply opted for a late lineup change. Nate Eaton has entered the starting nine in Melendez's place.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Three hits including homer

    Melendez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk in Wednesday's win over the White Sox.

    Melendez delivered a monster performance Wednesday, delivering a go-ahead solo home run off Jake Diekman in the bottom of the seventh inning before ripping an RBI single in the following frame and coming around to score on a Salvador Perez base knock. He also had another single and a walk earlier in the contest. The rookie has gone 9-for-25 with four homers, 12 RBI and six runs over his last seven games.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Drives in six runs

    Melendez went 2-for-3 with a home run and six RBI in Sunday's 13-5 win over Boston.

    Melendez hit an RBI single in the third inning before drilling a three-run shot in the fifth. He later added two RBI sacrifice flies in the contest. After a nine-game homerless drought in which Melendez went 7-for-33 (.212), he has three long balls and 10 RBI over his last four appearances. On the year, the 23-year-old rookie is slashing .236/.320/.442 with 29 extra-base hits and 38 RBI through 78 games.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Opens scoring with 12th homer

    Melendez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Red Sox.

    Melendez hit a leadoff homer for the second time in three games, and this one wasn't cheap. He took Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi deep on a 434-foot blast that left the bat at 107.9 mph. Melendez's power has translated well in the majors -- he's logged a 10 percent barrel rate while popping 12 long balls and maintaining a .429 slugging percentage through 77 contests. He's added a .231 batting average, 32 RBI, 31 runs scored, 14 doubles and two triples across 311 plate appearances, and the departure of Whit Merrifield has given Melendez a chance to be the everyday leadoff hitter.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Hits leadoff homer

    Melendez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Thursday's 7-3 win over the Red Sox.

    He led off the first inning with a homer, his 11th of the season and first since July 25. That blast snapped an 0-for-12 skid the plate for Melendez. The 23-year-old catcher has seen time in both corner outfield spots with Salvador Perez back earlier than expected from thumb surgery, but Melendez has at least held onto a full-time role. Since the start of July, he's slashing .232/.300/.455 across 26 contests, though he's also struck out at a 34.5 percent rate in that span.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: On base thrice in loss

    Melendez went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in Thursday's 1-0 loss to the Yankees.

    The teams combined for six hits and five walks, with Melendez accounting for two of the Royals' four hits. The catcher has found success since the All-Star breaking, putting up a seven-game hitting streak. During that span, he's gone 10-for-28 (.357) with a home run and four doubles while hitting leadoff four times as he continues to challenge Whit Merrifield for that spot in the order. Melendez is up to a .233/.316/.429 slash line with 10 homers, two triples, 13 doubles, 28 RBI and 25 runs scored through 68 contests.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 175 lbs
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, FL
Age: 24
Bats/Throws: L, R