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31 Will Craig 1B

Pittsburgh Pirates

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August 31, 2020 05:24 PM
Pirates' Will Craig: Optioned to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig was optioned to the Pirates' alternate training site Monday, Alex Stumpf of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Colin Moran (concussion) was activated in a corresponding move, so Craig's time with the big club was short lived. He went 0-for-4 with one strikeout during his first taste of the majors and will serve as first base/designated hitter depth going forward.

August 31, 2020 02:00 AM
Pirates' Will Craig: Joins big-league club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig was recalled from the Pirates' alternate training site Sunday.

The 25-year-old was optioned off the major-league roster Saturday, but he'll make a quick return with Bryan Reynolds heading to the paternity list. Craig went 0-for-4 in two games during his first taste of the majors earlier this week.

August 29, 2020 08:36 PM
Pirates' Will Craig: Optioned to alternate camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig was optioned to the Pirates' alternate training site Saturday.

Craig appeared in two games during his time in the majors and went 0-for-4 with one strikeout. He'll now continue to work at alternate camp to make room for a pitcher on the Pirates' active roster.

August 28, 2020 03:28 AM
Pirates' Will Craig: Gets start against St. Louis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig went 0-for-3 in a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Although he went hitless in his big-league debut, Craig played a strong defense at first base. He also flew out to the left-field wall, narrowly missing at least an extra-base hit. Craig did not play in Game 2 of the twin bill, with Josh Bell starting at first base and Gregory Polanco serving as the designated hitter.

August 28, 2020 12:12 AM
Pirates' Will Craig: Called up, hitting ninth in debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig was called up from the alternate training site and will start at first base and bat ninth in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

As the No. 22 overall pick in the 2016 draft, Craig is a prospect of some note, although he was a below-league-average hitter (92 wRC+) as a 24-year-old at Triple-A last year. Craig has some pop from the right side but he has plenty of swing and miss in his game and is best suited as a designated hitter, but the same can be said of Josh Bell. He takes the place of Colin Moran, who was placed on the 7-day concussion injured list.

March 9, 2020 05:48 PM
Pirates' Will Craig: Optioned to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

Craig spent the entirety of last season with Indianapolis, but he hasn't done enough to prove himself worthy of a big-league roster spot just yet. In 131 games at the Triple-A level last season, he hit a modest .249/.326/.435 (good for a 92 wRC+) with 23 homers.

November 20, 2019 07:48 PM
Pirates' Will Craig: Protected from Rule 5 draft
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig was added to the Pirates' 40-man roster Wednesday.

The move protects Craig from the Rule 5 draft. He still has some work to do to earn a major-league spot after posting a .249/.326/.435 slash line (92 wRC+) for Triple-A Indianapolis last season.

June 1, 2019 06:52 PM
Pirates' Will Craig: Working in RF
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig has been working in right field recently for Triple-A Indianapolis, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.

Craig was drafted as a third baseman in 2016, but has only played first base in each of the last three seasons. However, he is obviously not going to displace Josh Bell at first base in Pittsburgh anytime soon, so his best chance to break through to the big leagues is by learning another position. Even so, the Pirates have some pretty impressive outfield depth at the big-league level as well, so a big-league promotion probably isn't imminent. Craig is hitting .274/.354/.565 with 15 home runs in 49 games at Triple-A. He could be promoted to work as the designated hitter in a three-game series in Houston that begins June 25.

February 18, 2019 10:08 PM
Pirates' Will Craig: Already in playing shape
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig is expected to play first base for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2019, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

The 25-year-old has noticeably slimmed down entering an important year of his development. The 2016 first-round draft choice hit .248/.321/.448 with 20 homers and 102 RBI for Double-A Altoona last season. He then led the Arizona Fall League with six homers while batting .304 with a .947 OPS. Craig isn't expected to see significant playing time in the majors this summer, but a strong season could set him up to challenge starter Josh Bell in 2020.

June 22, 2017 04:08 PM
Pirates' Will Craig: Not hitting for much power at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Craig, 22, is batting .286/.389/.423 with five home runs and 33 RBI through 62 games for High-A Bradenton

The polished college bat skipped Low-A all together, though has had a bit of a power outage thus far at this level. In fact, this was always the fear with Craig; that he would not hit for enough power to stick at a corner infield position. The Pirates seem less worried about this fact than other organizations (see Josh Bell, John Jaso, etc) but as a result Craig may not offer much other than a decent average.

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Batting Stats
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Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSAVGOBPSLG
2016ASX-West Virginia632182861120223413720.280.412.362
2017AFA-Bradenton Marauders123458591242616616210613.271.373.371
2018AAX-Altoona Curve13248073119303201024212863.248.321.448
2019AAA-Indianapolis Indians1314946912323023784414623.249.326.435
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/235
Birthdate:
11/16/1994
Age:
25
Hometown:
Johnson City, TN
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Pittsburgh Pirates
College:
Wake Forest
MLB Experience:
1