Simply One other Joey? – Razzball Fantasy Baseball

Joey Meneses

I promise you that I attempted very arduous to not write this text. In spite of everything, who needs a sleeper on a slow-burn prospect on a gutted rebuilding group? That’s not thrilling. However as I maintain coming again to this participant, I can’t deny that one thing exceptional occurred. He lastly discovered one thing that clicked and after repeated years of toiling away within the minors; he broke by means of. Who’s it? I’m speaking about profession minor leaguer, Joey Meneses. No, don’t go away me but! Let me clarify.

12 months Aff Lev PA HR RBI BA SLG OPS
2015 ATL A+ 433 3 41 0.239 0.327 0.625
2016 ATL A+-AA 509 7 46 0.290 0.413 0.761
2017 ATL AA 401 9 45 0.292 0.403 0.763
2018 PHI AAA 536 23 82 0.311 0.510 0.870
2021 BOS AA-AAA 369 15 70 0.284 0.530 0.863
2022 WSN AAA 414 20 64 0.286 0.489 0.830

After wallowing round rookie ball for a few years, Joey Meneses bottomed out after a promotion to high-A ball in 2015 throughout the Atlanta group. He adjusted some and was making contact the next 12 months however by no means actually discovered any energy on his option to AA. He then elected without spending a dime company after which joined the Phillies in 2018 who assigned him to for his first style of AAA at Lehigh Valley. And that’s the place the breakthrough occurred.

Beneath the Phillies tutelage, one thing lastly clicked. That season throughout 130 video games he hit .311 with 23 HR and batted in 82 runs. Joey grew to become a run producer with energy. He began elevating the ball extra (+10%) and pulling it extra for energy. Why didn’t they promote him? He was blocked in RF by a swan-song Jose Bautista and hot-prospect-of-the-day Nick Williams (how’d that work out?), and at 1B by an ageless Carlos Santana.

Nowhere to go, he opted once more without spending a dime company and went worldwide earlier than returning in 2021 by signing with the Purple Sox group and there, like with the Phils, he raked. This time he plated 70 runs throughout 88 video games. Once more, displaying improved elevation and pull energy. And once more, he was blocked. This time by newly-acquired Hunter Renfroe in RF and hot-prospect-of-the-day 1B Bobby Dalbec.

After one other winter league of worldwide ball, he signed on with the Nationals for the 2022 season. After proving himself once more on the AAA stage, hitting 20 HR throughout 96 video games with out anybody blocking him, he lastly received his call-up and made essentially the most of it.

2022 240 6.3% 21.7% 13 34 0.324 0.367 0.563

He lastly made it. Joey Meneses got here out of the gate scorching hitting a HR in his first recreation and didn’t relent. He mashed his option to a .324 AVG throughout 240 PAs in his first 56 video games as a serious leaguer. Not solely did he maintain his personal, however he assaulted pitching on his option to a 156 wRC+ in that point together with 65 hits in his first 50 video games. He simply stored hitting.

Season maxEV LA Barrel% HardHit% AVG xBA SLG xSLG
2022 110.9 9.5 9.9% 47.1% 0.324 0.267 0.563 0.457

Joey didn’t simply maintain hitting, his new-found energy translated to the majors. Throughout these 56 video games, he maintained a 47.1% hard-hit price and practically a ten% barrel price. He was making high quality contact constantly. The xStats point out that perhaps he benefited slightly from the smaller pattern however the energy was largely for actual; and maybe essentially the most fascinating a part of the story, is WHERE the facility went.

His energy went to all fields. Not solely that, Joey Meneses confirmed adaptability. Together with spraying energy throughout the diamond, he was additionally capable of poke exterior pitches for singles the other manner. That’s big for a participant making an attempt to make it on the subsequent stage. You may’t simply depend on one trick to get hits as pitchers will be taught to take that away from you. You gotta regulate and Joey confirmed he can. What he lacked at first in pure plate self-discipline, he developed over time.

Season Sort Pitches P.c HR BA xBA SLG xSLG
2022 Fastballs 553 59.0% 7 0.319 0.275 0.538 0.479
2022 Breaking 284 30.3% 4 0.338 0.236 0.592 0.356
2022 Offspeed 101 10.8% 2 0.313 0.308 0.594 0.604

Lastly, Joey confirmed he can hit all pitches respectably. Certain there will likely be a little bit of regression, but it surely shouldn’t backside out. Most significantly, he was capable of sustain with altering velocities and never get tied up with massive league changeups as is the case with many minor league hopefuls.

There’s a secret to Joey’s breakout although that makes him a bit totally different than most gamers, which some would possibly see as an obstacle. Joey Meneses spend 10 years within the minor leagues and overseas. He’s 30 years previous. Sure… disgrace me all you need, I buried the key. He’s not some younger contemporary face beginning slightly late; he’s the poster boy for late bloomers. However, in an period the place gamers are getting contracts into their 40s, it shouldn’t rely towards him. Particularly in redraft fantasy, we solely care about THIS 12 months. Joey is ready to regulate to all these pitches as a result of he’s seen so many even for his age. In his 10 years {of professional} baseball, he’s already amassed 1446 video games and 5787 plate appearances. He simply stored enjoying and grinding. Nolan Arenado, who’s been round perpetually, is a 12 months older and has performed solely 1384 video games.

He may need only recently made it to the large leagues, however he’s been knowledgeable and stayed wholesome for a very long time. With a present ADP round 195, in the event you lose out on a sexier 1B/OF choice contemplate Joey Menses as your backup for nook infielder. He’s going to hit for energy and drive in runs from the center of a Nationals lineup (projected #3 proper now by Roster Useful resource) that doesn’t have another choices. They’ve each purpose to provide him a shot now (at a reduction) whereas they’re in the course of a rebuild. I believe the job is his till confirmed in any other case. I may see one thing like 25 HR 75+ RBI energy if given 500+ ABs with an AVG round .260+.

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