JOEY MENESES
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: N/A Team:   NATIONALS
Height: 6' 3" Bats:   R
Weight: 190 Throws:   R
DOB: 5/6/1992 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: N/A  
Birth City: Culiacan, Mexico
Draft: 2011 - Braves - Free agent - Out of Mexico
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2011 DSL DSL-Braves   19 63 5 13 0 0 0 4 0 0 7 14 .286 .206 .206
2012 GCL GCL-Braves   41 145 13 44 5 5 0 14 2 4 9 29 .352 .407 .303
2013 SAL ROME   108 381 36 98 21 4 2 40 1 5 28 97 .308 .349 .257
2014 GCL GCL-Braves   4 14 3 5 2 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 .357 .500 .357
2014 SAL ROME   58 212 30 60 15 3 8 29 2 1 22 48 .354 .495 .283
2015 CAR CAROLINA   113 394 32 94 18 4 3 41 2 2 32 80 .298 .327 .239
2016 SL MISSISSIPPI   63 222 16 52 9 3 2 15 0 0 15 40 .289 .329 .234
2016 CAR CAROLINA   66 243 31 83 19 1 5 31 2 1 24 38 .401 .490 .342
2017 SL MISSISSIPPI   108 360 44 105 13 0 9 45 0 0 38 81 .360 .403 .292
2018 IL LEHIGH VALLEY   130 492 75 153 27 1 23 82 0 0 40 110 .360 .510 .311
2021 TAE WORCESTER   38 146 14 38 9 2 5 27 0 0 13 39 .315 .452 .260
2021 DAN PORTLAND   50 188 31 57 22 1 10 43 0 1 12 35 .348 .590 .303
Personal
  • May 10, 2014: On Mexican Mother's Day, which is a day before we celebrate our moms, Meneses hit for the cycle. Joey delivered the gift, finishing his 4-for-5 performance with a seventh-inning home run.

    "It was Mother's Day in Mexico and I wanted to give this beautiful gift to her," the native of Culiacan said. "She and my father were playing with me in my heart."

  • 2018: Meneses emerged as the International League player of the year, batting .311 with 27 home runs and 82 RBIs.

  • MLB debut (Aug 2, 2022): After spending 10 years in the Minor Leagues, the 30-year-old rookie has finally gotten his chance. Joey hit the go-ahead home run for the Nationals. And in the next game, he continued hit another homer and had a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

    With four deep blasts in seven career MLB games, Meneses became the first player in franchise history (since 1969) to record four home runs in his first seven Major League games.

    “It’s very special,” Meneses said via a translator. “It’s something that I’ll always keep with me and remember. I’ve been looking forward to this my whole career. I’ve worked very hard to get to this point, and I want to enjoy every moment.” (J Pollizze - MLB.com - Aug 10, 2022)

  •  2022 Season:  A 30-year-old career minor leaguer who bounced around the world from the Braves to the Phillies to Mexico to Japan to the Red Sox, he wound up joining the Nationals organization this year and settled in as Rochester’s everyday first baseman, with little reason to believe there would be a promotion in his near future.

    But when the Nats traded Juan Soto and Josh Bell to the Padres at the Aug. 2 deadline, they desperately needed someone to fill those spots in the field. So Meneses (who was batting .286/.341/.489 with 20 homers and 64 RBIs in 96 games) got the call and came straight to D.C. He immediately homered in his MLB debut, then put on a stunning display of power, becoming the first player in club history to hit five homers in his first nine big league games.

    That was a shocking and fun start to an older player’s career, but Meneses began to make everyone believe there was more to him than one home run barrage. Displaying an impressive ability to hit the ball to all fields, to hit for both average and power and to make adjustments to opposing pitchers, he wound up putting together one of the best 56-game opening stretches for any hitter in Major League history.

    Here’s the list of players over the last 50 years who totaled at least 72 hits, 14 doubles and 13 homers in their first 56 MLB games: Ryan Braun, Bo Bichette, and Meneses. That’s it. Who could’ve possibly seen that coming on Aug. 2?  (Mark Zuckerman - Oct 10, 2022)

  • 2022 MLB Pipeline All-Rookie First Team - 1B: Joey Meneses, Nationals

    56 G, .324/.367/.563, 13 HR, 14 2B, 34 RBI, 33 R, 1 SB

    After 10 Minor League seasons, the 30-year-old debuted with Washington on Aug. 2 and never looked back, putting up an offensive performance that gave Nats' fans someone to root for down a difficult final stretch. (S Dykstra - ML\B .com - Oct 16, 2022)

    TRANSACTIONS

  • May 9, 2011: The Braves signed Joey as a free agent, out of Mexico.
  • February 1, 2018: He signed as a free agent with the Phillies.

     

  • October 26, 2018: He was released by the Phillies.

     

  • January 23, 2020: Joey signed as a free agent with the Red Sox.

     

  • November 7, 2021: He became a free agent.

  • Jan. 2022: The Nationals signed Meneses to a minor league contract.
Batting
  • May 10, 2014: Meneses hit for the cycle.

  • Aug. 30, 2022: Joey Meneses had 29 hits in his first 23 MLB games. That’s the most by any rookie through his first 23 games in Nationals history.
Career Injury Report
  • May 28, 2014: Meneses was on the DL with an injured left wrist.

  • June 26-July 4, 2017: Joey was on the DL.