Joyce is making a strong case for a tryout, following up Friday's 3-for-4 night with another impressive showing in Saturday's 7-6 loss in Seattle, launching a three-run home run and reaching base twice on a pair of walks. He's up to 21 homers, two more than his previous career high.
"He's adaptable at any position, so that would suggest he does adapt well," Melvin said.
This thinking led Melvin to give Joyce his first start in center field since 2009 on Saturday. Joyce made four starts at the position for the Rays eight years ago, his only other experience there coming in high school.
The shift allowed Melvin to keep rookie Chad Pinder in right field.
"He always tells me he's comfortable anywhere," Melvin said. "Kinda use the phrase, 'An outfielder's an outfielder.' We've had Pinder out there a little bit, a guy that's come from the infield. He's been so comfortable in right field, and I think we've thrown enough at him this year, I'd hate to see him have a tough game and kind of lose the momentum that we've gotten from him in the outfield."