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Will Craig

Will Craig

1B | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 212 | Age: 24
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 1, #22, Pittsburgh Pirates) - Wake Forest
Johnson City, TN USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 495 442 64 110 21 67 2 .249 .323 .439 .762
Career Minors 1860 1598 224 414 49 253 11 .259 .350 .412 .762
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .249 21 67 2 .762
Career Minors .259 49 253 11 .762

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 West Virginia Black Bears NYP A(Short) 63 274 218 28 61 12 0 2 23 41 37 2 0 11 .280 .412 .362 .775
2017 Bradenton Marauders FSL A(Adv) 123 542 458 59 124 26 1 6 61 62 106 1 3 16 .271 .373 .371 .744
2018 Altoona Curve EAS AA 132 549 480 73 119 30 3 20 102 42 128 6 3 15 .248 .321 .448 .768
2019 Indianapolis Indians INT AAA 116 495 442 64 110 21 0 21 67 39 131 2 3 11 .249 .323 .439 .762

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 45 | Power: 55 | Run: 35 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

Will the real Will Craig please stand up? A star at Wake Forest, Craig entered pro ball as a first-round pick who was an advanced college performer at the plate, one who could hit for average and get on-base and he fit that profile during his first full season. When he got to Double-A for year two, however, he tapped into his raw power consistently, but at the expense of his hit tool. He capped off a year that saw him lead the organization in home runs and RBIs with a strong performance in the Arizona Fall League.

Few doubted that the big, strong Craig had power to tap into as a professional, but they also knew that he wasn't focusing on that part of his game, instead relying on his ability to work counts and make contact. His decision to work on driving the ball did lead to run production, but also saw his strikeout rate go up and his walk rate diminish. The Pirates aren't overly upset that he's likely more power over hit now because, as an at least below-average runner, singles and walks aren't quite as effective.

As Craig changed his offensive profile for power, he was also working on his defense at first base, where it now looks like he'll be a solid defender with good hands and a strong arm. There's a chance Craig could find a balance between his old and new selves at the plate, but the Pirates would be happy to see that kind of power production from the infield corner spot moving forward.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
07/11/2019 Indianapolis Indians activated 1B Will Craig from the temporarily inactive list.
07/07/2019 Indianapolis Indians placed 1B Will Craig on the temporarily inactive list.
04/02/2019 1B Will Craig assigned to Indianapolis Indians from Altoona Curve.
01/05/2019 Pittsburgh Pirates invited non-roster 1B Will Craig to spring training.
04/05/2018 1B Will Craig assigned to Altoona Curve from Bradenton Marauders.
03/10/2018 3B Will Craig assigned to Pittsburgh Pirates.
04/04/2017 1B Will Craig assigned to Bradenton Marauders from West Virginia Black Bears.
06/15/2016 Pittsburgh Pirates signed 3B Will Craig.
06/15/2016 3B Will Craig assigned to West Virginia Black Bears.