MJ Melendez
RF | Bats/Throws: L/R | 6' 1" 190LBS | Age: 24
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 594 526 64 122 15 6 .232 .313 .392 .705
2 Seasons 1,128 986 121 222 33 8 .225 .313 .392 .705
AVG HR SB OPS
2022 .217 18 2 .706
2023 .232 15 6 .705
2 Seasons .225 33 8 .705
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Statcast Batting Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
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 2390 359 41 11.4 6.9 93.4 113.2 17.4 35.1 .232 .424 .304 .321 .410 49.9 28.6 10.0
Player 4586 695 76 10.9 6.8 92.1 113.2 16.3 33.1 .234 .418 .307 .326 .401 46.8 26.7 11.1
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .405 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 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 34.5 35.1 25.9 4.5 42.1 36.8 21.2 1.1 23.4 29.8 25.9 8.4 11.4 6.9
Player 37.0 34.0 23.5 5.6 42.7 35.3 22.0 1.9 26.2 28.5 24.6 7.6 10.9 6.8
MLB 44.7 23.4 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! 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 %
2023 4-Seamer -0.7 -6 886 37.1 198 .242 .400 .340 37.4 29.3 22.2 .227 .447 .346 59.1
2023 Slider -1.3 -5 355 14.9 90 .174 .326 .241 38.1 34.4 23.0 .209 .402 .287 41.8
2023 Curveball -0.6 -2 267 11.2 63 .155 .276 .239 32.1 30.2 21.8 .201 .370 .279 28.2
2023 Sinker 1.8 4 250 10.5 66 .305 .525 .404 24.1 18.2 19.0 .290 .557 .394 61.7
2023 Changeup 1.0 2 250 10.5 69 .258 .371 .329 33.6 27.5 25.0 .258 .392 .321 44.2
2023 Cutter 0.2 0 159 6.7 42 .289 .500 .390 33.3 19.0 24.2 .253 .387 .312 53.3
2023 Sweeper -0.1 0 107 4.5 31 .241 .414 .284 30.9 38.7 31.6 .204 .365 .278 50.0
2023 Splitter 2.3 2 100 4.2 25 .217 .391 .292 33.3 36.0 20.5 .231 .412 .306 50.0
2023 Slurve -3.8 0 13 0.5 3 .000 .000 .000 50.0 33.3 33.3 .064 .085 .061 0.0
2022 4-Seamer 0.4 3 817 37.2 198 .219 .432 .331 27.0 23.2 18.6 .253 .467 .361 49.2
2022 Changeup -1.4 -5 336 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 -0.1 0 242 11.0 68 .278 .407 .385 22.3 16.2 18.6 .328 .495 .427 51.2
2022 Slider 0.7 2 233 10.6 50 .209 .419 .325 34.2 32.0 18.0 .196 .387 .313 29.6
2022 Cutter 1.5 3 170 7.7 49 .304 .543 .382 15.6 14.3 21.2 .288 .508 .365 48.7
2022 Sweeper -3.5 -3 73 3.3 19 .176 .353 .200 44.4 52.6 33.3 .183 .326 .256 55.6
2022 Splitter -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 588 2,390 -8 -18 11 11 -4
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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 2,390 49.7 69.5 72.4 27.0 47.4 43.5 38.8 48.2 34.5 7.4 87.1
Player 4,586 49.3 67.8 75.6 25.6 50.3 42.5 35.0 46.4 31.4 7.5 82.4
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 29.6 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! 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
2022 69 31 58 66 71 72 72 81 71 69 27 92 28 78 61 95
2023 44 19 52 68 35 79 74 97 86 91 17 69 7 59 55 2 93
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Expected Home Runs

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 22.9 15 19.7 -5 13 16 7 46.7
Player 22.5 33 40.5 -8 23 35 11 33.3

Expected Home Runs by Park

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 15 19 16 20 22 18 21 18 18 15 18 20 22 16 21 23 24 17 21 25 18 22 31 24 16 14 22 20 20 18 12
Player 33 38 31 42 42 39 44 38 31 32 37 45 45 37 44 47 46 39 42 46 39 44 58 45 32 33 44 45 42 38 30
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2022 2023 +/-  
Exit Velocity 90.7 93.4 2.7
Launch Angle 15.1 17.4 2.3
Barrel % 10.4 11.4 1.0
Hard Hit % 43.5 49.9 6.4
Sweet Spot % 31.0 35.1 4.1
xBA .237 .232 -0.005
BA .217 .231 0.014
xwOBA .332 .321 -0.011
wOBA .310 .304 -0.006
xSLG .410 .424 0.014
SLG .393 .389 -0.004
K% 24.5 28.6 4.1
BB% 12.4 10.0 -2.4
Swing % 44.6 48.2 3.6
Whiff% 27.8 34.5 6.7
In Zone % 48.9 49.7 0.8
Out of Zone % 51.1 50.3 -0.8
Out of Zone Swing % 24.1 27.0 2.9
First Pitch Swing % 30.9 38.8 7.9
First Pitch Strike % 55.8 65.1 9.3
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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 588 326 55.4 .343 .273
! 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 696 15.3 46.0% 0.3% 331 18.6 6.0% 0.6%
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