From BR Bullpen
Crew Tipene Moanaroa
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
 Biographical Information
Boss Moanaroa has played in the minors, as did his brother Moko Moanaroa.
Moanaroa signed with the Boston Red Sox in May 2008; the scout was Jon Deeble. He played for Australia in the 2008 World Junior Championship, going 3 for 3 with 3 RBI in a win over Mexico. He made his pro debut with the 2009 GCL Red Sox, hitting .289/.364/.330 as a part-time first baseman. The next year, he batted .268/.373/.429 for the same club, then played for the Sydney Blue Sox in the Australian Baseball League, producing at a .279/.341/.519 clip.
Back in the US in 2011, he hit .241/.339/.399 for the Lowell Spinners then followed with a .273/.381/.447 line for the Blue Sox in the 2011-2012 Australian Baseball League. He played for the Greenville Drive in 2012 and batted .262/.391/.365 with 77 walks. He was 4th in the South Atlantic League in walks and just missed the top 10 in OBP.
Moanaroa was the first baseman for the New Zealand national team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He went 4 for 14 with a home run and 4 RBI; he had the lone New Zealand dinger (off Thailand's Adichat Wongvichit) and was second on the team in RBI, two behind Scott Campbell.
He had a great game for New Zealand against the Philippines national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers on February 12, 2016. He went 4 for 5 with two doubles and a homer and drove in 7 runs to lead his team to a 17-7 win. His homer off Taylor Garrison in the 6th inning put the Kiwis ahead to stay.
 Primary Sources
- 2012 Red Sox Media Guide
- 2013 WBC Qualifiers