Clevelinks: Cleveland Indians Designate Carlos Moncrief; Kluber Injured


The Cleveland Indians Clear Space on the 40-man Roster

The Cleveland Indians designated outfielder Carlos Moncrief for assignment yesterday, according to Jordan Bastian of Moncrief became the odd man out when the team needed to create space on the 40-man roster for Michael Martinez and Giovanni Soto. To finalize the roster moves, the team transferred lefty T.J. House to the 60-day disabled list.

Moncrief, 26, is a former 14th round pick of the Tribe and currently roams the outfield for Triple-A Columbus, although he spent his first two seasons in the system pitching in rookie ball. Across 28 relief appearances, the right-handed pitcher logged 33.2 innings with mostly disastrous results. Even 43 strikeouts could not overcome the fact that he allowed 29 earned runs, 22 walks, and 10 wild pitches. In 2010, the team shifted the then 21-year-old and his cannon to the outfield.

After struggling as a batter for several years at various different levels, he settled in with solid showings in 2012 and 2013 and reached Triple-A for the first time last year. This year has seen Moncrief become increasingly similar to Carlos Santana, as his high walk rate has managed to produce average on-base percentages despite sub-par or terrible batting averages, although Moncrief features more speed than Santana.

In other news, the Corey Kluber missed his start last night due to a right hamstring strain. The team stated that he’s only likely to miss “1-2 starts” with the injury. While we are lucky that it is only a minor injury, these one or two starts missed could potentially kill the Cleveland Indians’ late-season resurgence. According to FanGraphs’ playoff odds, the Tribe owns a 3.1% chance of making the Post Season.

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