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Jul 14, 2024 0 0 0 1 1
Jul 13, 2024 0 0 0 0 0.5
Jul 12, 2024 3 2 1 1 9.5
Jul 10, 2024 1 1 1 1
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At best, you could say MJ Melendez stagnated from his first to second season. At worst, you could say he slipped a bit, as a drop in OPS+ from 99 to 95 and a rise in strikeout rate from 24.5 percent to 28.2 percent can attest. If you're looking for a silver lining, it's that Melendez still hit the ball very hard when he made contact, boasting an average exit velocity in the 96th percentile and a barrel rate in the 75th percentile. He's also a flyball hitter and a pull hitter, things that, when combined with his quality of contact, make it curious as to how his home run total dropped. There could still be some untapped potential with Melendez, and he did finish with an .861 OPS and eight homers over the final two months. The team and ballpark context are poor, though, and he's losing catcher eligibility.

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2024 147.51.7 26 11 29 21 2 .196
2023 3212.2 65 16 56 62 6 .235
2022 302.52.3 57 18 62 66 2 .217
3y Avg. 3112.3 61 17 59 64 4 .226
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: On 10-day IL

    The Royals placed Melendez on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Melendez suffered a sprained left ankle during Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Red Sox and will miss at least the Royals' first six games coming out of the All-Star break before he's eligible for activation July 26. While Melendez is sidelined, Dairon Blanco and Garrett Hampson should see action in left field.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Lifted with ankle sprain

    Melendez was removed in the top of the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the Red Sox due to a left ankle sprain. Melendez went hitless with an RBI in two at-bats on the afternoon and appeared to suffer the injury while he was running out a groundball. Though he reached base on a fielder's choice, Melendez was immediately lifted for a pinch runner. The severity of the ankle sprain isn't known, but Melendez could be sent in for an MRI over the All-Star break if the Royals fear that the injury is more than a minor concern.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Goes deep again

    Melendez went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an additional run scored in Friday's 6-1 win over the Red Sox. Melendez has turned the corner a bit with three homers over his last four games. The slugger is up to 11 long balls this year, though he remains at a lackluster .196/.259/.392 slash line through 83 contests. Melendez has added 28 RBI, 26 runs scored, two stolen bases, 14 doubles and two triples. Despite his struggles at the plate, he's still the Royals' primary left fielder.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Lifts homer in win

    Melendez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-1 win over the Rockies. Melendez ended a 17-game homer drought with his seventh-inning blast Sunday. The outfielder hit .271 with five doubles but just one RBI during his power drought. Despite the recent improvements at the plate, Melendez is still slashing a poor .190/.256/.367 with nine homers, 25 RBI, 22 runs scored and two stolen bases over 80 contests this season.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sitting against southpaw

    Melendez isn't in the Royals' lineup for Friday's game against the Rockies. The lefty-hitting Melendez will retreat to the dugout Friday as left-handed starter Kyle Freeland starts on the bump for Colorado. Dairon Blanco, Garrett Hampson and Hunter Renfroe will make up the Royals' outfield while Melendez rests.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Three hits in loss

    Melendez went 3-for-3 with a double in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Rays. Melendez accounted for half of the Royals' hits in the loss. This was his second multi-hit effort in the last three games, but he went just 3-for-19 over a seven-game stretch prior to his recent rebound. The outfielder continues to struggle overall with a .191/.258/.366 slash line, eight home runs, 24 RBI, 21 runs scored and two stolen bases through 256 plate appearances in a strong-side platoon role.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Taking seat against lefty

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Guardians. Melendez will sit against Cleveland lefty Logan Allen on Sunday, ending a stretch of 11 straight starts during which he posted a .688 OPS. Dairon Blanco will man left field and bat ninth in the series finale.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sitting against lefty

    Melendez isn't in the Royals' lineup for Tuesday's game versus Oakland. The A's will send Hogan Harris to the mound to begin Tuesday's contest, so the left-handed bat of Melendez will remain on the bench to begin the game. Garrett Hampson will fill the opening in left field while batting eighth.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Mashes grand slam

    Melendez went 2-for-4 with a grand slam in Saturday's win over the Dodgers. Melendez put the Royals on top with a two-out grand slam in the top of the sixth, drawing 12 pitches in the at-bat before jumping on a hanging cutter from Blake Treinen. The 25-year-old also recorded an infield single earlier in the contest, giving him his first multi-hit effort since May 10 against the Angels. Melendez is batting just .152 in June, and Saturday marked the first time this month in which he's strung together hits in back-to-back contests. On a positive note, he now has three homers in his last eight games to go along with 10 RBI and four runs scored.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Absent from lineup again

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Thursday's game versus the Yankees. For the third time in the last four contests, the Royals' lineup card hasn't included Melendez, who is amidst a 7-for-75 freefall at the dish dating back to May 11. Dairon Blanco will cover left field Thursday while Melendez takes a seat.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sitting against righty amid slump

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees. The Royals have already scaled back the lefty-hitting Melendez's playing time against southpaws, but he'll take a seat against right-hander Cody Poteet on Wednesday, opening up a start in left field for Garrett Hampson. Since producing a season-high three hits May 10 against the Angels, Melendez has gone 7-for-75 (.093 average) over the past month of action.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Homers in extra-inning loss

    Melendez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-5 extra-inning loss versus the Mariners. Melendez has just three hits over his last 10 games, but all of them have been homers. His blast Sunday tied the game at 3-3 in the ninth inning. Melendez is up to seven homers this season, but he's taken a step back overall with a .165/.228/.346 slash line through 197 plate appearances on the year. He's added 19 RBI, 17 runs scored and two stolen bases, and he's still seeing a majority of the playing time in left field despite his poor hitting.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Taking seat Tuesday

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Guardians. Melendez will get the day off Tuesday after making five consecutive starts in left for the Royals. Instead, Adam Frazier will fill left field and bat seventh.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Getting breather

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Twins. Despite Kansas City facing a right-hander Tuesday, Melendez will miss the Royals starting nine. Instead, Garrett Hampson will play left field and bat eighth.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Not starting again

    Melendez is not in the lineup for Friday's game against Tampa Bay. The 25-year-old outfielder will begin the game in the dugout for the second straight contest as southpaw Tyler Alexander is expected to follow opener Shawn Armstrong for the Rays. Melendez has struggled to get his bat going this year, slashing .179/.232/.345 with 12 RBI, and he's gone 3-for-19 in his last five games. Nelson Velazquez will move to left field in place of Melendez and bat seventh.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sitting against southpaw

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers. The lefty-hitting Melendez will head to the bench for the series finale while the Tigers bring ace southpaw Tarik Skubal to the bump. Nelson Velazquez will spell Melendez in left field.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Resting Sunday against southpaw

    Melendez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Athletics. The lefty-hitting Melendez will get a break as Oakland puts JP Sears on the mound. Dairon Blanco will get the start in left field and bat seventh with Garrett Hampson in center field and Hunter Renfroe in right.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Racks up three hits in win

    Melendez went 3-for-4 with a triple in Friday's 2-1 win over the Angels. Melendez hasn't been able to string good performances together, but he's 7-for-24 (.292) over eight games in May. The outfielder was able to get aboard in the ninth inning before Garrett Hampson entered as a pinch runner and scored on Adam Frazier's home run. Melendez is up to a .202/.260/.395 slash line with four homers, 12 RBI, 10 runs scored, six doubles, two triples and two stolen bases through 123 plate appearances. He continues to be a drag in batting average, but he's got intriguing power upside in formats where he's still catcher-eligible after playing 10 games behind the plate in 2023.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Idle versus lefty

    Melendez isn't in the Royals' lineup Thursday against the Angels. Lefty Reid Detmers will start on the mound for Los Angeles, sending the left-handed bat of Melendez into Kansas City's dugout for the beginning of the game. Dairon Blanco will instead serve as the Royals' left fielder and bat eighth.
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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Swipes bag Sunday

    Melendez went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base in Sunday's 3-2 extra-inning loss to the Rangers. This was Melendez's first multi-hit effort since April 19 -- he went 2-for-36 over the previous 12 contests. The 25-year-old started the year hot, batting .325 over his first 12 games, but he's since returned to his career norms. He's slashing a poor .186/.252/.363 with four home runs, two steals, 12 RBI, nine runs scored and six doubles over 111 plate appearances. Despite the poor batting, Melendez is still seeing a majority of the playing time in left field, keeping Nelson Velazquez at designated hitter and Dairon Blanco on the bench.
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