Getting to know your prospects: Carlos Moncrief

BY foxsports • September 21, 2013

Name: Carlos Moncrief
Position: Outfielder
Team: Double-A Akron Aeros
Age: 24
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 210
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
2013 stats: 129 G, .284 AVG, 77 R, 26 2B, 7 3B, 17 HR, 75 RBI, 55 BB, 98 K, 15 SB, .824 OPS
Facts & Info: The Indians selected Moncrief in the 14th round of the 2008 Draft out of Chipola Junior College (FL).  He is one of only two players to hit the scoreboard in center field at Low-A Lake County. Originally drafted and signed as a pitcher, he spent his first two years with the Indians organization on the mound, before a move to the outfield in 2010.

The Offense: Moncrief has developed a more patient approach at the plate over time.  He improved his strikeout rate significantly this past season and his good raw power came out a little more. He has a good line drive swing with above average power to all fields. He is a solid average runner but his speed plays up because of how hard he runs and his intelligence on the base paths.

The Defense: Moncrief has made a successful conversion from the mound to the outfield and has since turned himself into one of the best defensive outfielders in the entire system. As a pitcher he routinely got his fastball up to 97 MPH, and that arm strength is present in the outfield as he has a well above average arm and shows good accuracy on his throws. He is a plus defender and is versatile where he can play any of the three outfield positions, but he best fits in right field with his plus-plus arm, athleticism and power bat.

The Intangibles: Moncrief is a strong, physically gifted athlete that can affect a game in so many ways. He oozes athleticism and has a lot of raw abilities, and has the power with his arm and bat to project as a prototype right fielder.  He plays with a lack of fear and shows a lot of toughness and confidence. He has a good worth ethic, works well with coaches, and has a good makeup.

The Focus: The number one focus for Moncrief continues to be improving his bat-to-ball and limiting his strikeouts. The consistency within his approach will be what ultimately determines his fate as a prospect. He needs to work on simplifying his approach and be more aggressive on pitches he can drive.  His strength and conditioning program as well as his nutrition will also be a key for him going forward.

The Future: Moncrief has always been one of the more under-rated prospects in the Indians system. He is one of their most complete position player prospects as far as tools, ability and performance goes, but up until this past year the high strikeout totals always held him back. With his wide range of tools and power he is exciting to dream on, and he is one of the more exciting players in the organization because of how many ways he can affect a game.  Things clicked this season, and he is now squarely in the major league crosshairs for the Indians sometime next season.

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