Last Game
Tue, Apr 23
vs Toronto Blue Jays (13-11)
  • Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium

AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
17-6 8-2 W5
14-10 5-5 W1
14-10 6-4 W3
9-13 4-6 W2
3-20 1-9 L5

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2024 Batting

Batting Average
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
On-base Plus Slugging
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .219 4 12 .748 1

Top MJ Melendez News

  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Hits bench against southpaw

    Melendez is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays.

    With lefty Yusei Kikuchi on the bump for Toronto, the Royals will stock up on some extra right-handed bats. Dairon Blanco and Garrett Hampson will both pick up starts in the outfield while Melendez and fellow lefty-hitting regular Kyle Isbel hit the bench.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Plates four in victory

    Melendez went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and scored twice during Friday's 9-4 victory against the Orioles.

    Melendez's RBI single drove in the first of what would become a five-run sixth inning for Kansas City, and his three-run blast in the seventh ensured the Orioles wouldn't come from behind to steal the victory. The 25-year-old's performance Friday broke an 0-for-18 stretch at the plate that spanned five games, though he still boasts an .845 OPS on the year despite the cold streak.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sits down versus lefty

    Melendez isn't in the Royals' lineup for Saturday's game against the Mets.

    With left-hander Sean Manaea set to toe the slab for New York, the left-handed bat of Melendez will begin Saturday's game in the dugout. Dairon Blanco will cover left field in Melendez's absence and bat ninth.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Homers again Sunday

    Melendez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 5-3 win over the White Sox.

    Melendez got the start at designated hitter with Nelson Velazquez in left field against White Sox southpaw Garrett Crochet. Melendez didn't find any success against Crochet, but he was able to take righty reliever Deivi Garcia deep for a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning. With three homers over his last four games, Melendez is off to a great start this season. He's added eight RBI, five runs scored and four doubles over 34 plate appearances, and his presence in the lineup against a southpaw suggests he has at least a path to more than a strong-side platoon role.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Sparks offense with homer

    Melendez went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 3-0 win over the White Sox.

    Melendez, who has been the Royals' primary left fielder so far, got his first start in right field this season with Hunter Renfroe resting Saturday. It took until the seventh inning, but Melendez took White Sox starter Chris Flexen deep to give the Royals all the offense they'd need in the win. Through eight contests, Melendez is batting .321 with two homers, six RBI, four runs scored and four doubles over 31 plate appearances. He is a fixture in the lineup against right-handed pitchers, but it's still unclear how often he'll play against southpaws since the Royals have faced just one lefty through nine contests overall. Melendez was on the bench for that game.

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  • Royals' MJ Melendez: Plates winning run Friday

    Melendez went 1-for-3 with one RBI and a walk in Friday's 2-1 win over the White Sox.

    Melendez stepped up with an RBI single in the eighth inning to bring home the decisive run. He's hitting well to begin 2024, going 8-for-24 with a home run, four doubles, four RBI and three runs scored. He's also displayed better plate discipline with a 3:5 BB:K. Melendez's power has rarely been in question, and it can only help if he can cut down on the whiffs. It appears he's on the strong side of a platoon in left field, as he sat out the one game the Royals faced a southpaw this season, though he could eventually push toward a full-time role if his bat stays hot. Nelson Velazquez has typically been the designated hitter, but he started in left when Melendez was on the bench.

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Player Bio

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