M.J. Melendez

Born: 11/29/1998 (Age: 20)
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 185
Primary Position: C
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 2nd Rd., 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (KCR)
Entry Point: High School
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: September 6th, 2018
Dates Seen: 10x -- March, May, July, August 2018
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Lexington Legends
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Tall, athletic frame; wirey/twitchy features; very mobile for catcher.
Swing Mechanics
X-wide, open base w/ deep crouch; leg kick trigger to start swing before two-strikes, shortens up when behind in the count. Plus bat speed.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2021 P 60 Extreme
Tool Present Future Comments
Hit 30 50 Loose, whippy swing path through zone w/ loud uppercut contact; aggressive cut, hunts FBs, gets long at times and might always come w/ some swing-and-miss. Over-aggressive now, but shows hitterish signs at the plate and can refine contact ability.
Loose, whippy swing path through zone w/ loud uppercut contact; aggressive cut, hunts FBs, gets long at times and might always come w/ some swing-and-miss. Over-aggressive now, but shows hitterish signs at the plate and can refine contact ability.
Game Power 40 55 Capable of 18-22 HRs annually at premium defensive position. Power plays to both fields.
Capable of 18-22 HRs annually at premium defensive position. Power plays to both fields.
Raw Power 50 60 Big league raw already, impressive for age/lean build; generates power quick-twitch batspeed and uphill path; ball jumps off the bat to both fields w/ projectabke carry; future plus raw as frame develops.
Big league raw already, impressive for age/lean build; generates power quick-twitch batspeed and uphill path; ball jumps off the bat to both fields w/ projectabke carry; future plus raw as frame develops.
Run 50 45 Extremely athletic for catcher, runs above-avg underway w/ instincts; gets up the line well and legs out infield hits; will lose a step as he fills out and demands of catching wear down lower half.
Extremely athletic for catcher, runs above-avg underway w/ instincts; gets up the line well and legs out infield hits; will lose a step as he fills out and demands of catching wear down lower half.
Field 45 60 Athletic enough to play other positions, but the way he impacts the game defensively makes him too valuable at catcher. Takes charge, gives pitchers confidence, leads the staff w/ a maturity rare in a player his age. Very low, flexible, quiet targets; strong hands, receives velocity well; quick blocking to both sides.
Athletic enough to play other positions, but the way he impacts the game defensively makes him too valuable at catcher. Takes charge, gives pitchers confidence, leads the staff w/ a maturity rare in a player his age. Very low, flexible, quiet targets; strong hands, receives velocity well; quick blocking to both sides.
Throw 55 55 Above-avg arm that is a factor in games. Throws behind runners often w/ ability to control the running game at a young age. 1.89-1.97 pop times.
Above-avg arm that is a factor in games. Throws behind runners often w/ ability to control the running game at a young age. 1.89-1.97 pop times.
Attribute Present Future
Athleticism Plus Plus
Approach Below Average Average
Instincts Plus Plus
Baserunning Average Average
Overall Summary
Potential franchise cornerstone, catcher w/ above-avg offensive output for the position and defensive tools to impact the game on both sides. Risk to profile given proximity and current swing/miss, but sold on the intangibles and makeup allowing development across the board.