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 81 73 9 16 4 1 .219 .296 .452 .748
3 Seasons 1,217 1,066 131 241 38 9 .226 .313 .400 .713
AVG HR SB OPS
2022 .217 18 2 .706
2023 .235 16 6 .714
2024 .219 4 1 .748
3 Seasons .226 38 9 .713
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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
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 25 334 54 7 13.0 8.6 91.4 112.9 13.7 25.9 .257 .491 .326 .349 .427 40.7 23.5 9.9
Player 4970 757 84 11.1 6.9 92.0 113.2 15.9 32.4 .237 .427 .311 .330 .404 46.2 26.3 11.2
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .368 36.3 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 46.3 29.6 16.7 7.4 38.9 37.0 24.1 0.0 33.3 24.1 22.2 7.4 13.0 8.6
Player 38.0 33.4 22.7 5.8 42.4 35.5 22.1 1.7 26.9 28.0 24.4 7.5 11.1 6.9
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.8 7.0 37.0 37.5 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 %
2024 4-Seam Fastball 1.8 2 119 35.6 24 .238 .571 .381 35.6 37.5 24.3 .245 .532 .372 41.7
2024 Changeup -1.9 -1 42 12.6 12 .167 .333 .283 20.8 8.3 8.3 .276 .383 .282 27.3
2024 Cutter -2.9 -1 41 12.3 13 .167 .250 .219 22.7 7.7 10.0 .246 .359 .294 36.4
2024 Curveball 1.3 0 33 9.9 6 .400 .600 .475 54.5 16.7 8.3 .394 .772 .523 50.0
2024 Sinker 11.2 4 32 9.6 12 .333 .833 .483 0.0 16.7 20.0 .388 .908 .541 70.0
2024 Slider 4.0 1 28 8.4 4 .333 .333 .400 22.2 0.0 0.0 .214 .276 .333 0.0
2024 Split-Finger -4.1 -1 25 7.5 6 .000 .000 .117 22.2 33.3 28.6 .024 .039 .139 33.3
2024 Sweeper -5.1 -1 14 4.2 3 .000 .000 .000 60.0 100.0 42.9 -- -- .000 --
2023 4-Seam Fastball -0.5 -5 905 37.1 201 .242 .400 .345 37.6 28.9 22.0 .231 .455 .355 58.2
2023 Slider -1.3 -5 355 14.5 89 .176 .329 .244 37.2 33.7 22.6 .218 .423 .296 43.6
2023 Curveball -0.5 -1 268 11.0 64 .153 .271 .235 32.4 29.7 21.8 .193 .351 .266 27.5
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 2.1 5 259 10.6 69 .323 .581 .428 24.4 17.4 18.8 .307 .603 .412 60.0
2023 Cutter 0.3 0 154 6.3 41 .324 .541 .422 32.2 17.1 22.6 .264 .407 .326 53.3
2023 Sweeper -0.8 -1 120 4.9 35 .212 .364 .251 32.8 40.0 33.3 .180 .320 .239 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 0.4 3 814 37.1 197 .219 .432 .329 27.0 23.4 18.6 .253 .467 .360 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 0.6 1 228 10.4 51 .209 .419 .332 34.2 31.4 18.2 .196 .387 .320 29.6
2022 Cutter 1.7 3 171 7.8 49 .304 .543 .382 15.7 14.3 21.9 .288 .508 .365 48.7
2022 Sweeper -2.8 -2 80 3.6 19 .176 .353 .200 43.2 52.6 31.3 .183 .326 .256 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 80 334 2 -2 2 2 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 2,440 49.6 69.3 72.5 26.8 47.6 43.5 38.3 47.9 34.4 7.4 86.7
2024 334 45.8 68.0 75.0 26.5 62.5 43.1 31.3 45.5 28.9 8.4 89.3
Player 4,970 49.0 67.8 75.5 25.6 51.2 42.6 34.6 46.3 31.2 7.6 82.7
MLB 48.6 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.0 42.6 29.7 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 51 23 55 71 37 81 75 96 86 91 18 74 7 61 55 2 93
2024 73 61 84 87 58 79 84 83 92 57 38 61 32 52 68 42 92
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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 22.8 16 20.5 -5 13 16 8 50.0
2024 24.8 4 4.5 -1 0 6 0 0.0
Player 22.6 38 45.8 -8 23 41 12 31.6

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 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 4 4 5 4 4 4 5 5 3 4 4 3 6 5 6 5 6 5 3 5 5 4 6 6 5 4 3 4 6 4 1
Player 38 41 37 47 47 42 50 44 36 37 42 49 52 43 51 53 53 44 47 52 45 50 64 52 38 38 45 50 49 43 32
! 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 +/-   2024 +/-  
Exit Velocity 90.7 93.2 2.5 91.4 -1.8
Launch Angle 15.1 16.9 1.8 13.7 -3.2
Barrel % 10.4 11.4 1.0 13.0 1.6
Hard Hit % 43.5 49.6 6.1 40.7 -8.9
Sweet Spot % 31.0 34.6 3.6 25.9 -8.7
xBA .237 .235 -0.002 .257 0.022
BA .217 .235 0.018 .219 -0.016
xwOBA .332 .325 -0.007 .349 0.024
wOBA .310 .310 0.000 .326 0.016
xSLG .410 .432 0.022 .491 0.059
SLG .393 .398 0.005 .452 0.054
K% 24.5 28.2 3.7 23.5 -4.7
BB% 12.4 10.3 -2.1 9.9 -0.4
Swing % 44.6 47.9 3.3 45.5 -2.4
Whiff% 27.8 34.4 6.6 28.9 -5.5
In Zone % 48.9 49.6 0.7 45.8 -3.8
Out of Zone % 51.1 50.4 -0.7 54.2 3.8
Out of Zone Swing % 24.1 26.8 2.7 26.5 -0.3
First Pitch Swing % 30.9 38.3 7.4 31.3 -7.0
First Pitch Strike % 55.8 64.8 9.0 58.8 -6.0
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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 79 50 63.3 .397 .291
! 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 82 14.6 57.3% 0.0% 54 19.2 5.6% 1.9%
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