Will Craig

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William Isaac Craig

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Will Craig was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round of the 2016 amateur draft, with the 22nd overall pick, out of Wake Forest University. Three years earlier, in the 2013 amateur draft, he was a 37th round selection by the Kansas City Royals but chose to attend college instead of signing.

He made his professional debut in 2016 with the West Virginia Black Bears of the New York-Penn League, hitting .280/.412/.362 in 63 games. He played exclusively at third base but committed 16 errors for a fielding percentage of .889. In 2017, the Bucs moved him to first base as he played with the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League. In 123 games, he hit .271/.373/.371, with 6 homers and 61 RBIs, also scoring 59 runs. In 2018, he moved up to the Altoona Curve of the Eastern League, where he showed some serious power for the first time, banging 30 doubles and 20 homers in 132 games and driving in 102 runs, a league-leading total. His batting line was .248/.321/.448 and he was named both a mid-season and post-season All-Star.

He was named to the roster of the National League team for the 2019 Futures Game; he was having a strong power show in AAA but was being blocked by MLB All-Star Josh Bell at 1B, preventing his call-up.

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