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 #: 45  
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
2022 IL ROCHESTER   96 374 51 107 14 1 20 64 1 0 32 89 .341 .489 .286
2022 NL NATIONALS   56 222 33 72 14 0 13 34 1 0 15 52 .367 .563 .324
2023 NL NATIONALS $723.00 154 611 71 168 36 1 13 89 0 0 38 130 .321 .401 .275
2024 NL NATIONALS   61 224 16 54 10 0 3 36 2 0 18 49 .300 .326 .241
Today's Game Notes
  • June 14: Meneses has a hit in 54.4% of his games this year (31 of 57), with multiple hits in 15 of them (26.3%).

    Despite logging a plate appearance in 57 games this season, he has hit just two home runs.

    Meneses has scored at least a run in 12 of 57 games played this season (21.1%), including two games with multiple runs scored.

    He has driven in at least one run 24 times this year in 57 games played (42.1%), including seven times plating multiple runs (12.3%).

    Meneses has gone down on strikes one or more times 35 times this year in 57 games played (61.4%), including eight multi-strikeout contests (14.0%).
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)

  • 2023: Meneses committed to play for Team Mexico in the WBC.

  • Feb 20, 2023: Compared to most players, Joey Meneses did things a little out of order.First, he belted 13 homers and drove in 34 runs in his 56-game debut last season. Then, he reported to his first Major League camp this month.

    Meneses, 30, broke onto the big league scene in 2022 with the Nationals after grinding through the Minor Leagues for 10 years. Throughout his journey, which included reaching Triple-A with the Phillies and the Red Sox, he never participated in Major League Spring Training.

    But after putting on a head-turning performance in the two months following his big league debut on Aug. 2, Meneses has a seat with his fellow starting position players in the Nationals clubhouse at their training complex.

    “I am very, very happy to be here in West Palm,” Meneses said.

    This year, Meneses is setting out to carry the momentum of 2022 -- during which he slashed .324/.367/.563 with a .930 OPS -- into his first full season in the Majors. In order to do so, his goals are to stay healthy, stay focused and play the right way.

  • While he looks for consistency in his production, the plan is for his defensive assignments to change. Manager Dave Martinez is expecting Meneses to alternate between first base (backing up Dominic Smith), left field (backing up Corey Dickerson) and the designated hitter role. Meneses made 40 appearances at first, 22 in right field and three in left field last season (the totals add up to more than 56, since he played multiple positions in nine games). “Joey’s probably going to do a lotta bit of a little bit of everywhere,” Martinez quipped, adding, “We want his bat in the lineup every day.” As Meneses settles into his first Major League Spring Training, he is about to embark on another significant first: He will play for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. When he returns to camp (Team Mexico is competing in Pool C in Phoenix, Ariz.), the Nats will look to get him reps in left field and as the DH since he already has experience at first.

    “It means a lot,” Meneses said. “I feel so proud to play in the World Baseball Classic. I saw that before on the TV, and I always wanted to participate in one. I don’t know if the next time I will go, so I would like to take advantage of this moment.” These moments are the culmination of Meneses’ hustle over the years, and his drive to maximize the opportunity last season once he reached the big stage. For the first time in a decade, Meneses enjoyed the offseason as a Major Leaguer with an established role, a member of a WBC team and even as the subject of a song written by his friend, a musician in Mexico, about his baseball journey.

    “It’s a little weird,” Meneses said of the recognition he has garnered since last season. “I’m not used to getting attention, or being the guy that wants the attention.” (J Camerato - Feb 20, 2023)

  • On Sunday, Mar 12, 2023, against the U.S., the world finally got to see Meneses in vibrant color. It was apparent in the first inning, when Meneses smashed a two-run homer off Nick Martinez — exit velocity: 109 mph — to give Mexico an early lead.

    It was there when he singled in his next at-bat. And most of all, it was there in his third, when he walloped another home run off Brady Singer, a three-run shot that all but sealed the game in just the fourth inning. As the ball landed in the stands, Meneses unleashed a joyous bat flip, sending the instrument 20 feet in the air. A Chase Field crowd dominated by Mexican fans exploded. So did the Mexico dugout. (Buchanan - Mar 13, 2023 - The Athletic)

  • May 17-19, 2023: Joey was on the paternity list. Meneses, whose partner,  Mitzy Guzman was due to give birth to their first child later this month. Around 6 p.m. E.T. on May 17, 2023, Meneses posted to his Instagram announcing the birth of his son, Joseph.

  • Aug 8, 2023: - In a crowd of 40,264 fans at Citizens Bank Park, Joey Meneses thought of two as he neared home plate and blew a kiss toward the stands on a pair of late-game home runs that lifted the Nationals to victory over the Phillies in the nightcap of the doubleheader.

    Meneses’ wife and infant son born in May, Joseph, were in the stands -- and on his mind.

    “He’s very young right now, but it’s something that motivated me more because I know my son is in the stands,” Meneses said following the Nats’ 5-4 Game 2 win. “Maybe later he’s going to watch those homers or something, and he’s going to know he’d been in the stands.” (J Camerato - MLB.com - Aug 9, 2023)

  •  2023 Season: How Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent, 1/7/2022

    Prospect Rank: N/A

    2023 Level: MLB

    What We Learned: That Joey’s 33-homer output between Rochester and DC might have been his high-water mark, but his ridiculously high .460 BABIP with runners in scoring position was enough to keep him in the lineup all year. 

    40-Man Odds: 99% – it’s possible that Rizzo signs a thumper who makes Joey an extra guy, but I have a hard time seeing the Nats not at a minimum hold onto him through spring training.

    2024 Outlook: The power that he displayed last year and in the World Baseball Classic this spring will have to come back in order for him to hold onto a regular job, particularly as he is not good defensively either in the outfield or at first base

    Can/Will He Be On a 2025 Contender?: Eh, likely not. Unless he bounces back to 30-homer power, he should get squeezed out by younger, better, and/or more expensive talent by then. He could be a bench bat on a good team, but with only four bench spots and his lack of defensive versatility, he would have to really hit to hold that down. (October 8, 2023 by Granit Rocmonster)

    In 69.3% of his 153 games a season ago, Meneses recorded a hit (106 times). He also notched 45 multi-hit games in 2023 (29.4%).
    He went yard in 7.2% of his games last season (11 of 153), 2% of his trips to the plate.
    Meneses came around to score in 61 of 153 games a season ago (39.9%), with two or more runs scored in 10 of them (6.5%).
    He drove in a run in 35.3% of his games this season (54 of 153), with two or more RBI in 20 of those contests (13.1%). He also accounted for three or more of his team’s runs in 11 contests.
    Meneses was set down on strikes in 60.8% of his 153 games a season ago, with two or more punchouts in 18.3% of those contests (28).


      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.