The Giants have not had many feel-good stories in 2017.
Carlos Moncrief authored one of them.
A journeyman Minor Leaguer who spent 10 seasons playing professional baseball before receiving his first Major League at-bat with San Francisco this July, Moncrief’s road to the show is an incredible tale. On Tuesday, though, the reality of the business sank in for Moncrief, as the Giants designated him for assignment.
Moncrief was designated to make room for pitcher Roberto Gomez, who had his contract purchased on Tuesday afternoon by San Francisco as the club added Gomez to its 40-man roster. The Giants could have kept Moncrief around for the final month of the season and instead designated injured utility player Michael Morse for assignment, but instead, San Francisco showed Moncrief the door.
Moncrief recorded eight hits in 38 at-bats in his first taste of Major League action, and showcased an other-worldly arm that dropped jaws at AT&T Park during an August series against the Chicago Cubs.
A former 14th round draft choice of the Cleveland Indians, Moncrief began his professional career as a pitcher before transitioning to the outfield. While it took him 10 seasons to make it to the Major Leagues, his dream was finally realized when San Francisco purchased his contract this July.
Gomez, reliever Reyes Moronta, and outfielder Austin Slater were all added to the Giants’ active roster on Tuesday afternoon.