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28-24 4-6 L1
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2024 Batting

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Batting Average
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OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .177 4 12 .569 2

Top MJ Melendez News

  • 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: Resting against lefty

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Angels.

    The Royals will stock up some extra right-handed bats to counter Angels southpaw Patrick Sandoval, so the lefty-hitting Melendez will head to the bench for the series finale. Dairon Blanco will replace Melendez in left field.

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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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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 190 lbs
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, FL
Age: 25
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: L, R