"I've been Monk since T-ball," said Kreder, junior transfer from Keller, Texas. "The first team I was on had four Michaels and so we had to have nicknames.
"My parents called me the Monkey Man because I'd climb on the monkey rings. It stuck. Here I am 15 years later and I'm still Monk."
How would Kreder like to hit after Cox and Wilkins in the lineup?
"That would be a good spot," Kreder said. "That would be a great spot. It would be unreal, one of the best spots in the country. You are probably going to see some good pitches if you are in the lineup around those two guys. We've got some guys in this lineup you probably don't want to face."
Kreder, 6-1 by 230, was the MVP of the Howerd JC team that won the national championship last season. And he's played against Division I competition during a year at Texas Tech.
"Last season was unreal, but it's going to be different going from JC pitching to the SEC," he said. "I saw Big 12 pitching. But obviously SEC pitching is very good.
"I've gotten a little taste of it already. Going against the arms on our staff and the depth of our staff has prepared me for the SEC. I would like to think we have one of the deeper staffs in the SEC."
There are several pitchers on the UA staff that have impressed Kreder both when he's been behind the plate as a catcher and in the box as a hitter. There's an impressive freshman in that group, Sylvan Hills product DJ Baxendale.
"Baxendale has had my number so far," Kreder said. "He's real impressive. He's tough on everyone, but he's really tough on righthanders like me. His arm angle is great. He really comes after righthand hitters."