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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Soto, Shmoto: Joey Meneses Is Washington’s Pleasant Surprise

No, the Nats haven’t found another phenom to succeed Soto, but instead, they went with journeyman minor league outfielder Joey Meneses. He isn’t a prospect of any type, or even a young player; he’s older than not only Soto but also Harper. But what Meneses has done in defying expectations is impressive, with his 158 wRC+ in more than 200 plate appearances actually besting Soto’s pre-trade wRC+ of 152. I’m not going to suggest that Meneses is actually able to replace Soto, but it is extremely cool to see a minor leaguer be able to capitalize on such a rare opportunity.

For the background on Meneses, I urge you to check out the piece written by our friend Ben Lindbergh over at the Ringer earlier this month, for which I supplied a ZiPS minor league translation for Meneses’ 2022 season, which came out as a useful but un-enthralling .260/.303/.430 line and a 110 OPS+. Yet the supposedly imminent Cinderella-esque pumpkinification has yet to happen, and Meneses has continued to hit in September, with a .324/.364/.560 line and six homers. After a couple hundred visits to the plate, it becomes harder to dismiss performances like this, so I thought I’d jump in and take a more detailed look at the future of Meneses.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2022 at 04:12 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: September 28, 2022 at 09:36 PM (#6098268)
The next Frank Schwindel!!
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 28, 2022 at 10:31 PM (#6098280)
The rare Civil War/MLB pun:
Whatever becomes of him in the future, Washington, D.C. has arguably already won the Battle of First Meneses (Bull Run in the north). The success he has tasted in 2022 ought to serve as a reminder that organizations are wise to give their minor leaguers every opportunity to edit their tale.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: September 28, 2022 at 10:48 PM (#6098283)
Mets TV crews still mad that the original pronunciation didn't hold up.

if his parents had a sense of humor, he'd be Dennis (The) Meneses.
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: September 29, 2022 at 03:30 PM (#6098362)
Tom Boswell, who is retired, has a column out about him as well. Dan Steinberg said on twitter that he was talking to Bos about him and Bos admitted he had already written a column on him in his spare time and Steinberg said, "well...can we publish it?"

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