The Akron Aeros have gone through some growing pains in 2013. A young team with a lot of new faces has thus far meant inconsistency for Akron. There have been ups and there have been downs but one point of positive production for the club has been right fielder Carlos Moncrief.
Playing in his first season in Double-A, the 24-year old Moncrief is quietly having a very solid year. His .250 batting average on the season would be the highest of his minor league career. He displays good patience at the plate with an 11% walk rate and he is striking out less than ever. Last season at Carolina he struck out in 31% of his plate appearances, an awful number; this season he has nearly cut that in half to 19%. His defense has also come on strong, and he has a cannon of an arm in right field. Moncrief has cut down three runners already on the bases; at Lake County in 2011 he racked up 18 outfield assists.
By Laurel Wilder
Baseball is about consistency. Successful players work tirelessly for days on end to perfect their role on the team, to improve their numbers, and to perform flawlessly enough to earn the much sought after promotion to the big leagues. Many players have been working at the same position since their early years of playing. Getting a request, therefore, to move to a new position is enough to throw them for a bit of a loop.
Carlos Moncrief, however, is not a man to get easily flustered.
Moncrief was drafted by the Indians in the 14th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft as a relief pitcher, despite his work as a starter in high school and his only having thrown 17 innings as a late-inning reliever while at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fl. During his two seasons pitching with the Indians organization (he pitched for the Gulf Coast League in 2008 and the Arizona Rookie League in 2009), Moncrief appeared in a total of 28 games, going 1-2 overall with a combined ERA of 7.75. He gave up 39 hits, 22 walks, and allowed one home run while also throwing 43 strike outs.