Joey Meneses Is Making the Most of His MLB Call-Up
Joey Meneses has been playing professional baseball since 2011. After eleven years in minor and international leagues, he was finally called up to The Show earlier this month. Meneses achieved every rookie’s dream of hitting a home run in his major-league debut in the Nats’ 5-1 victory over the New York Mets on August 2.
First hit, first homer. What a moment for Joey Meneses! pic.twitter.com/KVaYf5c4jc
— MLB (@MLB) August 3, 2022
Fans of Meneses’s hometown team, the Tomateros de Culiacán of the Mexican Pacific League, know he is a stud, creating the nickname “CabaJoey” by combining his name with “caballo” (the Spanish word for horse). The 2018 International League MVP has demonstrated his power also translates to the MLB level, hitting five home runs with a 165 OPS+ over his first 16 games. He has also clubbed 21 hits and posted 0.7 wins above a replacement player while sipping his MLB “cup of coffee.”
Meneses’s impressive play has been a bright spot for fans of a rebuilding team.
Joey Meneses has an 11-game hitting streak and this sliding catch.
Joey Meneses is a good baseball player. pic.twitter.com/FI5vc5UbI8
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 19, 2022
Joey Meneses takes sole possession of the Nats record for a debuting player with 20 hits in their first 16 games of their career. https://t.co/Nd0Q42h3xe pic.twitter.com/69qtbdKGM9
— Talk Nats ⚾ (@TalkNats) August 21, 2022
Meneses has earned a longer look from the Nationals, and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do over the course of a full MLB season.
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