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2024 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .295 3 8 1.006 1

Top MJ Melendez News

  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sits down versus lefty

    Melendez isn't in the Royals' lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

    With left-hander Sean Manaea set to toe the slab for New York, the left-handed bat of Melendez will begin Saturday's game in the dugout. Dairon Blanco will cover left field in Melendez's absence and bat ninth.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Homers again Sunday

    Melendez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the White Sox.

    Melendez got the start at designated hitter with Nelson Velazquez in left field against White Sox southpaw Garrett Crochet. Melendez didn't find any success against Crochet, but he was able to take righty reliever Deivi Garcia deep for a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning. With three homers over his last four games, Melendez is off to a great start this season. He's added eight RBI, five runs scored and four doubles over 34 plate appearances, and his presence in the lineup against a southpaw suggests he has at least a path to more than a strong-side platoon role.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sparks offense with homer

    Melendez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 3-0 win over the White Sox.

    Melendez, who has been the Royals' primary left fielder so far, got his first start in right field this season with Hunter Renfroe resting Saturday. It took until the seventh inning, but Melendez took White Sox starter Chris Flexen deep to give the Royals all the offense they'd need in the win. Through eight contests, Melendez is batting .321 with two homers, six RBI, four runs scored and four doubles over 31 plate appearances. He is a fixture in the lineup against right-handed pitchers, but it's still unclear how often he'll play against southpaws since the Royals have faced just one lefty through nine contests overall. Melendez was on the bench for that game.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Plates winning run Friday

    Melendez went 1-for-3 with one RBI and a walk in Friday's 2-1 win over the White Sox.

    Melendez stepped up with an RBI single in the eighth inning to bring home the decisive run. He's hitting well to begin 2024, going 8-for-24 with a home run, four doubles, four RBI and three runs scored. He's also displayed better plate discipline with a 3:5 BB:K. Melendez's power has rarely been in question, and it can only help if he can cut down on the whiffs. It appears he's on the strong side of a platoon in left field, as he sat out the one game the Royals faced a southpaw this season, though he could eventually push toward a full-time role if his bat stays hot. Nelson Velazquez has typically been the designated hitter, but he started in left when Melendez was on the bench.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Double, home run in win

    Melendez went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a double and an additional run scored in Thursday's 10-1 victory over the White Sox.

    Melendez delivered the final blow in the Royals' eight-run seventh inning, blasting a two-run, 421-foot homer off Dominic Leone to extend Kansas City's lead to 10-1. It's the first long ball of the year for the 25-year-old Melendez. though he's gotten off to a nice start, going 7-for-21 with five extra-base hits through his first six games. Melendez slashed .235/.316/.398 with 16 homers, 56 RBI and 65 runs scored across 148 games last season.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Not in Tuesday's lineup

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game at Baltimore.

    The Royals are facing their first left-handed starting pitcher of the season as Cole Irvin takes the mound for the Orioles, and Melendez will also head to the bench. Nelson Velazquez will man left field while Salvador Perez serves as the designated hitter.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Full time in left field

    Melendez went 0-for-3 in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Twins.

    The 25-year-old has started in left field and hit fifth in each of the Royals' first four games this season. After striking out 170 times in 2023, it's encouraging to see Melendez only whiff three times through 15 plate appearances to begin the new campaign, though the small sample size hardly indicates a long-term fix.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, FL
Age: 25
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, R