Look Who’s Streaking: Joey is a Meneses to Society

Welcome to another edition of Look Who’s Streaking! In this season-long series, we’ll take a look at the players making streaks – both hot and cold. The idea is quite simple: we’ll highlight players who are moving both ways and take a closer look at their performance, with the ultimate goal of helping with roster and waiver decisions.

For this week’s write-up, we’ll be highlighting some players who have enjoyed their new game time. On the other hand, we’ll be taking a look at some San Diego Padres who are cold. So without further ado, let’s take a look at some players who are doing streaks!

Look who’s Streaking!

Run hot

Joey Meneses (1B/OF – WAS)

Joey Meneses has been one of the few bright spots for the Nationals without Juan Soto since the trade deadline. The 30-year-old rookie took advantage of his new playing time and produced hard. In 77 plate appearances, Meneses has a .324/.351/.595 slash line with six home runs, 13 runs scored, eight RBIs and a .270 ISO.

Meneses makes plenty of total contacts (82.2%) and the power isn’t surprising — he’s hit 20 home runs in 414 Triple-A plate appearances this season. He also shoots the ball 13.1% of the time and has a hard hit rate of 42.6%. Meneses has been making noise from the top third of the range and is a solid power source that’s probably sitting on your waiver wire. Go and get it!

Oscar Gonzalez (OF – CLE)

Oscar Gonzalez missed all of July with an abdominal injury, but he’s been a punching machine since returning Aug. 2. In 80 plate appearances, Gonzalez went .333/.350/.551 with eight doubles, three home runs, seven runs scored, nine RBIs and one stolen base.

Gonzalez has made improvements since his return – he hits fewer ground balls (55.2% to 41.7%) and has more than doubled his barrel rate (5.2% to 11.7%) – which bodes well for his 44.9% hit rate. for the season. Gonzalez swings at everything (49.5% chase rate), but he should still be able to deliver balanced production hitting in the middle of the drive.

Jake Fraley (OF – CIN)

Jake Fraley has missed most of the season through injury, but has been on fire since returning in late July. In 77 plate appearances, he has a .318/.403/.636 slant line with six homers, 16 runs scored, 14 RBIs and one stolen base. Fraley has both pop and speed in his game (think 20/15 players), to go along with strong measures of plate discipline. Since returning, he has a 20.3% chase rate and makes contact in the zone at a 90% clip. Fraley usually sits against southpaws, but he plays in a large batting park and has led nine of his last 10 games. It’s solid play across all league sizes.

Nathaniel Lowe (1B – TEX)

Nathaniel Lowe had a great season, but he really crushed it last week. In his last seven games, Lowe has reduced .387/.424/.839 with four homers, seven runs scored and 13 RBIs. He also has a 28% barrel rate and a 60% hit rate over that span. Lowe is thriving and he’s a great power play going forward. It’s probably listed in deeper leagues, but worth checking out in the shallower leagues. Enjoy Lowe’s Power Series!

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Run cold

Josh Bell (1B – SDP)

Josh Bell has struggled at the plate since being traded to the Padres earlier this month. In 20 games with his new team, Bell has a .153/.274/.278 slant line and 65 wRC+. However, Bell was cruising before the trade. In 437 plate appearances, he still managed to be productive on an anemic Nationals roster with 14 homers, 52 runs scored and 57 RBI, as well as a .377 wOBA and 142 wRC+. Bell’s power numbers are down this season, but he still has a solid plate approach (11.7% BB% and 15% K%) and makes a good amount of contacts in the zone (86.2%) . Consider it an on-screen blip and expect Bell to get back on track for the rest of the season.

Brandon Drury (1B/2B/3B/OF – SDP)

Let’s stay with the Padres, let’s talk about Brandon Drury. Similar to Josh Bell, Drury was traded to San Diego in early August. He started his time in San Diego with a bang – three home runs, seven runs scored and 12 RBIs in his first nine games with the Padres. But he has calmed down recently. In his last 42 plate appearances, Drury has batted .171/.190/.195 with a 9 wRC+. Unsurprisingly, there was also little production during that span – zero homers, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Overall, Drury is having a solid season. Out of 463 board appearances, he has a 23/72/73/2/.263 stat line with a .495 SLG. He also shoots the ball 10.5% of the time and makes contact in the area at an 89.5% clip. Drury’s cleanup shot over the past seven games and should be a strong source of RBI with Juan Soto and Manny Machado ahead of him. Consider Drury’s brawls a transitional hiccup and stick with him – especially in the deeper leagues.

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