MJ Melendez
LF | Bats/Throws: L/R | 6' 1" 190LBS | Age: 25
Draft: 2017 | Rd: 2, #52, Kansas City Royals | Westminster (FL) HS
PA AB R H HR SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2022 534 460 57 100 18 2 .217 .313 .393 .706
2023 602 533 65 125 16 6 .235 .316 .398 .714
2024 288 265 26 52 11 2 .196 .260 .392 .652
3 Seasons 1,424 1,258 148 277 45 10 .220 .303 .395 .698
AVG HR SB OPS
2022 .217 18 2 .706
2023 .235 16 6 .714
2024 .196 11 2 .652
3 Seasons .220 45 10 .698
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Hits Spray Chart

Statcast Batting Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
LA Sweet-
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB%
2022 23 2196 336 35 10.4 6.6 90.7 110.8 15.1 31.0 .237 .410 .310 .332 .392 43.5 24.5 12.4
2023 24 2440 367 42 11.4 7.0 93.2 113.2 16.9 34.6 .235 .432 .310 .325 .411 49.6 28.2 10.3
2024 25 1177 190 18 9.5 6.3 91.1 112.9 14.8 29.5 .245 .438 .278 .320 .404 43.2 26.0 7.3
Player 5813 893 95 10.6 6.7 91.8 113.2 15.8 32.1 .238 .425 .304 .327 .402 45.9 26.4 10.5
MLB 7.0 4.8 88.5 122.4 12.3 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.4 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.




Fastball: 4 Seam, 2 Seam, Cutter, Sinker. Offspeed: Split, Change, Fork, Screw. Breaking: Slider, Curve, Knuckle, Sweeper, Slurve, Other
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Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2022 39.6 32.7 20.8 6.8 43.5 33.6 22.9 2.7 29.2 27.1 23.2 6.8 10.4 6.6
2023 35.4 34.6 25.3 4.6 42.0 37.1 21.0 1.1 24.0 29.4 25.9 8.2 11.4 7.0
2024 41.6 27.4 21.1 10.0 45.3 31.6 23.2 1.1 33.2 24.7 23.2 7.9 9.5 6.3
Player 38.3 32.4 22.7 6.6 43.2 34.6 22.2 1.7 27.9 27.5 24.3 7.6 10.6 6.7
MLB 44.5 23.6 24.8 7.0 37.1 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.7 24.8 24.4 5.8 7.0 4.8
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2024 4-Seam Fastball -0.3 -1 423 35.9 93 .224 .435 .318 34.3 36.6 22.8 .249 .508 .351 49.0
2024 Changeup -0.3 -1 158 13.4 45 .233 .465 .350 20.5 8.9 7.8 .307 .432 .335 35.9
2024 Cutter -0.4 -1 150 12.7 35 .206 .441 .281 20.2 11.4 10.8 .274 .492 .334 46.7
2024 Slider -0.9 -1 139 11.8 37 .194 .323 .299 31.5 32.4 18.2 .187 .360 .307 26.3
2024 Sinker -1.5 -2 108 9.2 31 .167 .367 .239 21.7 12.9 16.0 .332 .576 .395 61.5
2024 Curveball -0.8 -1 100 8.5 18 .125 .188 .197 47.1 33.3 16.2 .152 .281 .239 30.0
2024 Sweeper -2.1 -1 49 4.2 11 .100 .400 .245 50.0 63.6 33.3 .081 .228 .180 33.3
2024 Split-Finger -5.4 -2 39 3.3 14 .077 .154 .139 19.0 21.4 17.6 .159 .179 .188 40.0
2024 Slurve -4.0 0 7 0.6 2 .000 .000 .000 66.7 50.0 100.0 .009 .011 .007 0.0
2023 4-Seam Fastball -0.5 -5 909 37.3 202 .241 .398 .344 37.8 29.2 22.2 .230 .452 .353 58.2
2023 Slider -1.5 -5 348 14.3 88 .179 .333 .239 35.9 31.8 21.9 .222 .429 .293 42.9
2023 Curveball -0.5 -1 265 10.9 63 .155 .276 .239 32.7 30.2 22.1 .195 .355 .269 28.2
2023 Changeup 1.2 3 262 10.7 72 .262 .385 .333 33.1 27.8 25.3 .258 .387 .316 46.7
2023 Sinker 2.2 6 255 10.5 68 .328 .590 .435 23.3 16.2 17.7 .312 .613 .418 60.0
2023 Cutter 0.3 0 157 6.4 41 .324 .541 .422 31.2 17.1 21.2 .264 .407 .326 53.3
2023 Sweeper -0.5 -1 127 5.2 37 .200 .343 .257 37.9 43.2 34.8 .169 .302 .245 45.0
2023 Split-Finger 2.3 2 101 4.1 25 .217 .391 .292 33.3 36.0 20.5 .234 .430 .312 50.0
2023 Slurve -3.8 0 13 0.5 3 .000 .000 .000 50.0 33.3 33.3 .075 .094 .073 0.0
2022 4-Seam Fastball 0.3 3 819 37.3 199 .222 .439 .332 26.8 23.1 18.5 .254 .467 .359 50.0
2022 Changeup -1.4 -5 337 15.3 90 .175 .287 .234 27.7 21.1 19.2 .223 .351 .301 37.1
2022 Curveball 0.0 0 283 12.9 53 .170 .298 .259 34.8 37.7 22.0 .124 .196 .189 21.4
2022 Sinker 0.0 0 236 10.7 66 .269 .385 .378 22.9 16.7 19.0 .329 .497 .431 48.8
2022 Slider 0.8 2 231 10.5 51 .214 .429 .346 34.2 29.4 17.0 .201 .397 .334 29.6
2022 Cutter 1.6 3 167 7.6 48 .304 .543 .375 14.8 14.6 22.6 .288 .508 .358 48.7
2022 Sweeper -3.0 -2 81 3.7 20 .167 .333 .190 44.7 55.0 33.3 .173 .308 .243 55.6
2022 Split-Finger -2.2 -1 36 1.6 5 .000 .000 .140 33.3 40.0 10.5 .074 .075 .195 50.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2022 533 2,196 -7 -17 16 8 -1
2023 600 2,440 -7 -17 12 11 -1
2024 287 1,177 -3 -20 8 5 -10
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Swing % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2022 2,196 48.9 66.0 79.3 24.1 53.7 41.4 30.9 44.6 27.8 7.7 77.4
2023 2,440 49.6 69.3 72.5 26.8 47.6 43.5 38.3 47.9 34.4 7.4 86.7
2024 1,177 48.8 79.1 75.3 28.0 56.2 43.9 40.4 52.9 29.7 7.6 88.9
Player 5,813 49.2 70.0 75.5 26.0 51.6 42.8 36.0 47.7 31.0 7.5 83.6
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.4 57.9 42.6 29.8 47.2 24.8 7.3 76.2
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Max EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
Speed OAA Arm
Strength
Bat
Speed
Swing
Length
2022 69 31 58 66 71 72 72 81 71 69 27 92 28 78 61 95
2023 51 23 55 71 37 81 75 96 86 91 18 74 7 61 55 2 93
2024 51 36 64 71 29 54 65 79 86 66 24 42 19 48 70 36 94 69 12
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Expected Home Runs

Adjusted

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2022 22.1 18 20.8 -3 10 19 4 22.2
2023 22.8 16 20.5 -5 13 16 8 50.0
2024 24.2 11 11.2 0 4 7 5 45.5
Player 22.9 45 52.5 -8 27 42 17 37.8
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Expected Home Runs by Park

Adjusted

Year HR
2022 18 19 15 22 20 21 23 20 13 17 19 25 23 21 23 24 22 22 21 21 21 22 27 21 16 19 22 25 22 20 18
2023 16 18 17 21 23 17 22 19 20 16 19 21 23 17 22 24 25 17 23 26 19 24 31 25 17 15 20 21 21 19 13
2024 11 11 11 13 9 11 11 12 8 10 11 11 12 11 10 11 11 11 11 14 13 10 15 13 12 11 10 12 13 10 7
Player 45 48 43 56 52 49 56 51 41 43 49 57 58 49 55 59 58 50 55 61 53 56 73 59 45 45 52 58 56 49 38
Note: xHR tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. The "Adjusted" view here accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects using Statcast Park Factor data.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2022 2023 +/-   2024 +/-  
Exit Velocity 90.7 93.2 2.5 91.1 -2.1
Launch Angle 15.1 16.9 1.8 14.8 -2.1
Barrel % 10.4 11.4 1.0 9.5 -1.9
Hard Hit % 43.5 49.6 6.1 43.2 -6.4
LA Sweet-Spot % 31.0 34.6 3.6 29.5 -5.1
xBA .237 .235 -0.002 .245 0.010
BA .217 .235 0.018 .192 -0.043
xwOBA .332 .325 -0.007 .320 -0.005
wOBA .310 .310 0.000 .278 -0.032
xSLG .410 .432 0.022 .438 0.006
SLG .393 .398 0.005 .385 -0.013
K% 24.5 28.2 3.7 26.0 -2.2
BB% 12.4 10.3 -2.1 7.3 -3.0
Swing % 44.6 47.9 3.3 52.9 5.0
Whiff% 27.8 34.4 6.6 29.7 -4.7
In Zone % 48.9 49.6 0.7 48.8 -0.8
Out of Zone % 51.1 50.4 -0.7 51.2 0.8
Out of Zone Swing % 24.1 26.8 2.7 28.0 1.2
First Pitch Swing % 30.9 38.3 7.4 40.4 2.1
First Pitch Strike % 55.8 64.8 9.0 62.7 -2.1
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

wOBA
SeasonAlignment TypeBat SidePAShifts/Shades%No Shift/ShadeShift/Shade
2022 Shifts L 532 445 83.6 .443 .282
2023 Shades L 600 334 55.7 .349 .279
2024 Shades L 286 191 66.8 .288 .275
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2022 711 16.9 29.0% 2.1% 320 22.5 3.1% 11.6%
2023 720 15.4 45.0% 0.3% 337 18.7 5.9% 0.6%
2024 297 15.1 49.8% 0.0% 159 19.0 3.1% 1.3%
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