A Mexican makes an impact in the Major Leagues: Aztec power impresses in the Washington Nationals

A Mexican makes an impact in the Major Leagues: Aztec power impresses in the Washington Nationals

Meneses has an excellent batting average of .339.

Meneses has an excellent batting average of .339.

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The Mexican Joey Meneses made a tour of 13 years in the minority circuits until his arrival this season in the Major Leagues with the Washington Nationals, a team where has become a light in the midst of a dark season.

Without aspirations of reaching the postseason, and after leaving through an exchange of their stars, Dominican Juan Soto and Josh Bellthe Nationals have given the opportunity to play to Meneses, who He has responded in an extraordinary way with the wood.

This Monday, Meneses had three hits and an RBI in five plate appearances for the Nationals will stop one of the hottest teams in the Major Leagues today, such as the Cardinals.

The San Luis team, before their defeat this Monday (0-6), they had won their last four meetings and eight of their last 10 games.

With this type of action, the one born 30 years ago in Culiacán (Mexico) has marked his stay in the largest of the American baseball circuits, demonstrating in a short time that his bat belongs to the Major Leagues.

Meneses has seen action in 29 games and has impressed by hitting the ball through no man’s land in 25 games, including 11 games of two or more hits, two of three and one of four – his personal bestwho signed last September 1 in a duel against the Oakland Athletics with a home run and four RBIs.

The right-handed batting first baseman, who had already shown his ability to produce in winter baseball playing with the Tomateros de Culiacán in the Mexican Pacific League and in the Caribbean Series, has managed to shoot 40 hits in 118 occasions with the wood achieving a batting average of .339.

The Mexican has put power to his performance with the team from the capital of the United States registering six doubles and sending seven balls over the fencewhich, together with his 118 official at-bats, gives him a frequency of one homer every 16.8 plate appearances.

That frequency is as good as the one recorded by the Cardinals’ star third baseman. Nolan Arenadowho, in a season in which he competes for the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, connects a home run every 16.9 occasions in which he uses up an opportunity to hit.

Meneses, who comes from leading the Mexican league in RBIs, has managed to be a productive presence in the thick part of the lineup of those led by the manager of Puerto Rican origin Dave Martínez reaching 16 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

The Sinaloan will not be able to change the destiny of the Washington team, but its impact has been evident.

Thus, the Nationals record with him in the lineup is 13-16, including a performance that has taken them to six wins in eight games.

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