Joey Meneses

Joey Meneses

32-Year-Old DHDH
Washington Nationals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Last season, Meneses matched his home run total from his surprise showing in 2022. The problem is that he needed 417 more plate appearances to get there. Eleven of those home runs came over the final three months of the season after he went deep just twice through the end of June. Meneses' 41.7 percent hard-hit rate and 89.4 mph average exit velocity were both above average, but he had an unimpressive 5.4 percent barrel rate and he continued to hit a lot of balls on the ground (48.6 percent). After the season, we found out Meneses was playing through a knee injury, which could have affected his power output. With a strikeout rate below 20 percent and decent quality of contact, Meneses is a solid bet for batting average. If he's healthy and the power bounces back, he could have some mixed league value. Worth noting is that Meneses will enter 2024 with only DH eligibility if you use a 20-game threshold. Read Past Outlooks
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Rest of Season From Preseason
#374
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in March of 2024.
Optioned to Rochester
DHWashington Nationals  AAA
July 4, 2024
The Nationals optioned Meneses to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Through 313 plate appearances, Meneses has slashed just .231/.291/.306 -- his worst season at the plate in his three-year MLB career -- and he'll now attempt to right the ship in the minors. Meanwhile, the Nationals will likely turn to Harold Ramirez or Ildemaro Vargas to start at first base until Joey Gallo (hamstring) is able to return from the injured list.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
11
20
8
9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
8
13
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .762 360 32 8 43 2 .277 .328 .434
Since 2022vs Right .718 850 91 21 122 1 .272 .320 .398
2024vs Left .480 97 4 1 14 2 .174 .247 .233
2024vs Right .644 216 15 2 28 0 .256 .310 .333
2023vs Left .771 187 19 2 18 0 .291 .337 .434
2023vs Right .703 470 52 11 71 0 .268 .315 .388
2022vs Left 1.084 76 9 5 11 0 .366 .408 .676
2022vs Right .857 164 24 8 23 1 .305 .348 .510
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2024
Even Split
2023
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .742 590 58 15 78 0 .275 .327 .415
Since 2022Away .720 620 65 14 87 3 .273 .318 .402
2024Home .592 150 8 2 19 0 .231 .293 .299
2024Away .594 163 11 1 23 2 .231 .288 .306
2023Home .749 329 34 8 44 0 .280 .325 .423
2023Away .695 328 37 5 45 0 .270 .317 .378
2022Home .923 111 16 5 15 0 .317 .378 .545
2022Away .935 129 17 8 19 1 .331 .357 .579
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Stat Review
How does Joey Meneses compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
6.7%
 
K Rate
20.1%
 
BABIP
.281
 
ISO
.071
 
AVG
.231
 
OBP
.291
 
SLG
.302
 
OPS
.593
 
wOBA
.266
 
Exit Velocity
88.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.9%
 
Barrels/PA
3.2%
 
Expected BA
.224
 
Expected SLG
.331
 
Sprint Speed
22.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
49.6%
 
Line Drive %
16.1%
 
Fly Ball %
34.4%
 
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2023 Fantasy Outlook
Meneses was the International Player of the Year in 2018, batting .311/.360/.510 with Triple-A Lehigh. Meneses played in Japan for two years then returned stateside in 2021, landing in the Red Sox system. He signed a minor league deal with the Nationals for the 2022 campaign. After cleaning house at the trade deadline, Washington promoted the 30-year-old for his MLB debut. He slashed .286/.341/.489 for Triple-A Rochester. Meneses crushed 13 homers in two months, though two xHR metrics pegged him for 10. While Meneses power was in line with his minor league numbers, his .371 BABIP with the Nationals was artificially high, spurred by an unsustainable number of outfield line drives sporting a high BABIP. Even with batting average regression, Meneses warrants a look at first base in a transition year for the Nationals. His power is mixed-league worthy, but brace for the inevitable dip in batting average.
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Drives in three Monday
DHWashington Nationals  AAA
June 24, 2024
Meneses went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI in Monday's 7-6 extra-inning loss to the Padres.
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Homers, drives in three in win
DHWashington Nationals  AAA
June 15, 2024
Meneses went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI in a 4-0 win over the Marlins on Saturday.
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Re-entering starting lineup
DHWashington Nationals  AAA
June 12, 2024
Meneses will start at first base and bat sixth in Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
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Heating up at plate
DHWashington Nationals  AAA
May 31, 2024
Meneses went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Thursday's win over Atlanta.
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Losing out on regular role
DHWashington Nationals  AAA
May 29, 2024
Meneses is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Atlanta, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Not slugging
DHWashington Nationals  AAA
May 5, 2023
Meneses has just one home run through 132 plate appearances. His expected slugging of .396 isn't a far cry from his current .346 slugging output
ANALYSIS
The formula for expected slugging consists of exit velocity, launch angle and, sometimes, sprint speed. Both of the former are down for Meneses, which is concerning given his pre-draft profile of delivering power. The 30-year-old is still amid a solid season at the dish with a .276/average, but the Meneses that hit a home run every 18.5 plate appearances last season may never materialize.
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