Craig Cory Clayton
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6'0", Weight 185 lb.
- School California State University Northridge
- High School Loara High School
- 'Born November 29, 1970 in Bellflower, CA USA
During his final year at college,he batted .364/.428/.564 with 100 hits in 63 games at the plate and was 14-5 with 15 complete games (in 18 starts), a 2.25 ERA and 9.32 K/9 IP mark on the mound. He was a consensusAll-American that year; Baseball America picked him as a pitcher, Collegiate Baseball as a utility player and the American Baseball Coaches Association as their NCAA Division II DH.
Professionally, he was a third baseman from 1991 to 1993 and performed well offensively, batting .313/.379/.391 in 1993 and .290/.351/.390 for his career.
He first pitched in 1991 (one game), but did not join the pitching staff full time until 1994. He was mostly used as a relief pitcher, though he was a starting pitcher in 1995. That year, with the Riverside Pilots, he was 9-8 with a 5.00 ERA in 28 starts; in 160 1/3 innings, he had 156 strikeouts.
Clayton peaked at Double A. In 118 career appearances (32 starts), he was 18-16 with a 4.68 ERA. In 336 1/3 innings, he allowed 346 hits and 162 walks, while striking out 325 batters.