The Indians optioned LHP Nick Maronde and OF Carlos Moncrief to Triple-A and infielder Erik Gonzalez to Double-A on Friday. Maronde had a 3.38 ERA in five and a third innings this spring. Gonzalez hit .200 and Moncrief .240.
Indians outfielder Carlos Moncrief, who went 4 for 4 on Wednesday, continued to swing a hot bat on Thursday. Moncrief, originally drafted as a pitcher out of Chipola College in 2008, walked, singled, doubled and homered in his four trips to the plate in a "B" game against the Reds. "I've been waiting for spring training to come," Moncrief said, per the Northeast Media Group. "It's not like it snuck up on me. Inside, I was burning and waiting for it to come, so just to be able to express that on the field and it comes out, that's what feels good to me."
Indians outfielder Carlos Moncrief had a perfect day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with two runs scored in Cleveland's 4-2 win over the Reds Wednesday. Moncrief also doubled in the game.
Stud shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor headlined a group of 12 Indians reassigned to minor league camp on Wednesday. Lindor will likely open the season at Double-A Akron, but could be promoted to Triple-A quickly thereafter. Other notable prospects sent down were outfielders Tyler Naquin and Carlos Moncrief, first baseman Jesus Aguilar, catcher Tony Wolters and pitcher Austin Adams.
The Indians added first baseman Jesus Aguilar, infielder Erik Gonzalez, outfielder Carlos Moncrief and pitchers Austin Adams and Bryan Price to the 40-man roster Wednesday. The team also designated infielder Cord Phelps for assignment. Aguilar hit .275/.349/.427 with 16 home runs and 105 RBI in 499 at-bats with Double-A Akron last season. Gonzalez hit .254/.293/.417 with nine home runs, 76 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 508 at-bats between Class A Lake County and high Class A Carolina. Moncrief hit .284/.354/.470 with 17 home runs, 75 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 489 at-bats with Double-A Akron. Adams went 3-2 with a 2.62 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 76:29 K:BB ratio in 55 innings with Double-A Akron. Price went 2-3 with a 2.04 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 92:16 K:BB ratio in 75 innings between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Phelps went 0 for 9 in four appearances with the Indians while also hitting .267/.333/.443 with nine home runs and 46 RBI with Triple-A Columbus.
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