MLB Pipeline names their All-Rookie team and Joey Meneses is the 1B!

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Before August, what number of people truly ever heard of Joey Meneses? He put the baseball global on realize temporarily after he arrived on August 2. The 30-year-old rookie was once named to MLB Pipeline’s 1st team of newbies to start with base.

MLB Pipeline were given truly ingenious with many avid gamers on the record with positional motion to get them on the record like Bobby Witt Jr. at 3rd base relatively than shortstop the place he performed the maximum video games in 2022. Meneses was once a primary baseman in addition to a rightfielder in 2022.

Meneses makes the record in a 12 months that noticed many extra newbies debut because of the new laws in the CBA on callups. The rule attempted to switch provider time manipulation, and on account of that, groups had 303 avid gamers make their debut in 2022 in comparison to 265 avid gamers final 12 months. Because COVID performed a component in call-ups the previous 3 years, a extra standard 12 months in 2018 noticed 247 avid gamers debut. 

Of path for all avid gamers, it is what have you ever completed for me in recent years, and all of those newbies on MLB Pipeline’s record should turn out themselves in their sophomore seasons. The worry is {that a} participant may just turn out to be Frank Schwindel who has spent portions of 3 seasons in the Majors however met his rookie standing final 12 months in impressive shape completing 6th in Rookie of the Year balloting with 56 sizzling scorching video games with the Chicago Cubs hitting .389 with a 1.002 OPS adopted by way of a whole flop in his sophomore season batting .229 with a .635 OPS.

We wrote so much about this Nats’ rookie all over his 2022 rookie season. For Meneses, he performed in 56 video games slashing .324/.367/.563 with a .930 OPS, 13 HR, 14 2B, 34 RBI, 33 R, and 1 SB. He had a walk-off house run in addition to an inside-the-park house run, and what we noticed was once a participant who adjusted to the pitchers who adjusted to him. It positive didn’t seem like a fluke.

“He’s been doing it all year,” supervisor Dave Martinez stated overdue in the season. “We’ve been watching him all year, even in Rochester, and he’s been hitting all year long, and nothing has changed. That’s one thing that I reiterate to him is nothing changes when you come up here. You drove the ball from right field to left field. Just do the same thing, stay on the ball, and he’s been awesome.”

While it is now not truthful to assume each and every participant could have the fast upward push and fall like Schwindel, it is truthful to assume that Meneses has to turn out himself. We noticed this with Clint Robinson who debuted with the Royals at the age of 27, and went to the Nats in his age-30 season and had a just right 12 months batting .272 with a .782 OPS. The following 12 months Robinson misplaced a large number of his energy and more or less struggled via his 2d season with the Nats — his ultimate one in the Majors. Robinson didn’t fall off a cliff like Schwindel, however his numbers did drop and baseball is unforgiving too continuously with avid gamers who don’t have the pedigree.

Who higher to speak to than Mr. Robinson about what recommendation he would give to Mr. Meneses:

“The only thing I would say to a guy who went through a similar situation as me is be ready for the league to make the second year adjustment — and when that happens don’t press trying to prove that the first year was just a 1-off,” Robinson advised me. “Enjoy the ride…”

Great recommendation from a participant who has been there. There might be extra changes, and all of the newbies on MLB Pipeline’s record will see this. Some didn’t make the record as a result of they’d scorching begins and fizzled temporarily when the different team made changes to them.

“Joey is a great example of what it takes to grind your way through the minor leagues to get to the big leagues and reach your dream,” Nats’ normal supervisor Mike Rizzo stated on the Sports Junkies radio display. “…They’re happy stories. They’re upbeat stories, because this guy has obviously earned every at-bat he’s gotten in the big leagues, and the most important part — he’s taken advantage of it. So he’s a great story of a guy who never gave up on his dream.”

For subsequent 12 months, you need to determine Meneses might be in the combine for a Nats’ 2023 team that can characteristic many avid gamers who might be in their 2d to fourth years in the bigs. Like Meneses, CJ Abrams might be in his 2d season in 2023, and whilst Abrams didn’t make that record, don’t be shocked if he surpasses all of them in occupation luck. Also making their debuts in 2022 have been MacKenzie Gore, Cade Cavalli, Israel Pineda, Alex Call, Lucius Fox, Evan Lee, and Jackson Tetreault.

Again, baseball is about changes and power growth. Hitters should regulate to the pitchers, and pitchers should regulate to the hitters.

“Right now, he’s a big part of our future, right?” Martinez stated. “I mean, he’s done well, and we’re looking for big bats like that. I love watching him play. I love watching that. So I want to keep it going.”

Keep it going!


C: Adley Rutschman, Orioles
113 G, .254/.362/.445, 13 HR, 1 3B, 35 2B, 42 RBI, 70 R, 4 SB

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

2B: Brendan Donovan, Cardinals
126 G, .281/.394/.379, 5 HR, 1 3B, 21 2B, 45 RBI, 64 R, 2 SB

3B: Bobby Witt Jr., Royals
150 G, .254/.294/.428, 20 HR, 6 3B, 31 2B, 80 RBI, 82 R, 30 SB

SS: Jeremy Pena, Astros
136 G, .253/.289/.426, 22 HR, 2 3B, 20 2B, 63 RBI, 72 R, 11 SB

OF: Julio Rodriguez, Mariners
132 G, .284/.345/.509, 28 HR, 3 3B, 25 2B, 75 RBI, 84 R, 25 SB

OF: Michael Harris II, Braves
114 G, .297/.339/.514, 19 HR, 3 3B, 27 2B, 64 RBI, 75 R, 20 SB

OF: Steven Kwan, Guardians
147 G, .298/.373/.400, 6 HR, 7 3B, 25 2B, 52 RBI, 89 R, 19 SB

DH: Vinnie Pasquantino, Royals
72 G, .295/.383/.450, 10 HR, 10 2B, 26 RBI, 25 R, 1 SB

SP: Spencer Strider, Braves
131 2/3 IP, 11-5, 2.67 ERA, 45 BB, 202 Ok, 1.00 WHIP, .180 BAA

SP: Joe Ryan, Twins
147 IP, 12-8, 3.55 ERA, 47 BB, 151 Ok, 1.10 WHIP, .211 BAA

SP: Nick Lodolo, Reds
103 1/3 IP, 4-7, 3.66 ERA, 39 BB, 131 Ok, 1.25 WHIP, .235 BAA

SP: Reid Detmers, Angels
129 IP, 7-6, 3.77 ERA, 46 BB, 122 Ok, 1.21 WHIP, .231 BAA

SP: George Kirby, Mariners
130 IP, 8-5, 3.39 ERA, 22 BB, 133 Ok, 1.21 WHIP, .264 BAA

RP: Alexis Díaz, Reds
63 2/3 IP, 7-3, 10 SV, 1.84 ERA, 33 BB, 83 Ok, 0.96 WHIP, .131 BAA

RP: Félix Bautista, Orioles
65 2/3 IP, 4-4, 15 SV, 2.19 ERA, 23 BB, 88 Ok, 0.93 WHIP, .167 BAA


C: MJ Melendez, Royals
129 G, .217/.313/.393, 18 HR, 3 3B, 21 2B, 62 RBI, 57 R, 2 SB

1B: Jose Miranda, Twins
125 G, .268/.325/.426, 15 HR, 25 2B, 66 RBI, 45 R, 1 SB

2B: Christopher Morel, Cubs
113 G, .235/.308/.433, 16 HR, 4 3B, 19 2B, 47 RBI, 55 R, 10 SB

3B: Emmanuel Rivera, D-backs/Royals
102 G, .233/.292/.409, 12 HR, 3 3B, 16 2B, 40 RBI, 46 R, 1 SB

SS: Oneil Cruz, Pirates
87 G, .233/.294/.450, 17 HR, 4 3B, 13 2B, 54 RBI, 45 R, 11 SB

OF: Jake McCarthy, D-backs
99 G, .283/.342/.427, 8 HR, 3 3B, 16 2B, 43 RBI, 53 R, 23 SB

OF: Oscar Gonzalez, Guardians
91 G, .296/.327/.461, 11 HR, 27 2B, 43 RBI, 39 R, 1 SB

OF: Seiya Suzuki, Cubs
111 G, .262/.336/.433, 14 HR, 2 3B, 22 2B, 46 RBI, 54 R, 9 SB

DH: Bryson Stott, Phillies
127 G, .234/.295/.358, 10 HR, 2 3B, 19 2B, 49 RBI, 58 R, 12 SB

SP: Hunter Greene, Reds
125 2/3 IP, 5-13, 4.44 ERA, 48 BB, 164 Ok, 1.21 WHIP, .222 BAA

SP: Edward Cabrera, Marlins
71 2/3 IP, 6-4, 3.01 ERA, 33 BB, 75 Ok, 1.07 WHIP, .177 BAA

SP: Roansy Contreras, Pirates
95 IP, 5-5, 3.79 ERA, 39 BB, 86 Ok, 1.27 WHIP, .225 BAA

SP: Braxton Garrett, Marlins
88 IP, 3-7, 3.58 ERA, 24 BB, 90 Ok, 1.25 WHIP, .254 BAA

SP: Graham Ashcraft, Reds
105 IP, 5-6, 4.89 ERA, 30 BB, 71 Ok, 1.42 WHIP, .281 BAA

RP: Jhoan Duran, Twins
67 2/3 IP, 2-4, 8 SV, 1.86 ERA, 16 BB, 89 Ok, 0.98 WHIP, .207 BAA

RP: Brock Burke, Rangers
82 1/3 IP, 7-5, 0 SV, 1.97 ERA, 24 BB, 90 Ok, 1.06 WHIP, .211 BAA

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