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.
Indianapolis Indians activated 1B Will Craig from the temporarily inactive list.
Indianapolis Indians placed 1B Will Craig on the temporarily inactive list.
1B Will Craig assigned to Indianapolis Indians from Altoona Curve.
Pittsburgh Pirates invited non-roster 1B Will Craig to spring training.
1B Will Craig assigned to Altoona Curve from Bradenton Marauders.
3B Will Craig assigned to Pittsburgh Pirates.
1B Will Craig assigned to Bradenton Marauders from West Virginia Black Bears.
Pittsburgh Pirates signed 3B Will Craig.
3B Will Craig assigned to West Virginia Black Bears.