Future Watch: Will Craig Rookie Baseball Cards, Pirates

Future Watch: Will Craig Rookie Baseball Cards, PiratesFuture Watch: Will Craig Rookie Baseball Cards, Pirates – Will Craig was selected 22nd overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. This Tennessee-born infielder was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2013 but he chose college instead.

While attending Wake Forest, the 6′-3″, 235lb versatile talent became the school’s first unanimous All-American player thanks to six outlets all agreeing he was one of the best. He ranks in the top ten for walks and home runs and those are two statistics general managers keep an eye on.

Last year he played for the West Virginia Black Bears in the New York Penn League. In 218 at-bats he had two home runs and knocked in 23. He stole a few bases and hit .280, all in all a very successful first taste of professional baseball.

Will Craig has autographed cards in a handful of 2016 baseball card products including his key Chrome Prospect Autograph in 2016 Bowman Draft Baseball. Collectors can also find him in 2016 Bowman’s Best, 2016 Panini Elite Extra Edition and 2016 Leaf Trinity Baseball as well.

According to his MLB.com draft profile:

Craig does make consistent hard contact from the right side of the plate with plenty of bat speed. He backspins the ball consistently, which gives him 20-homer potential in the big leagues. His plate discipline is outstanding, and he should be a big on-base percentage guy in the future. As a closer at Wake Forest, Craig touched 94 mph, so his arm works fine from third, but most foresee a move to first base in the future given his below-average speed. ETA 2019.

Here’s a look at what Craig can do:

Craig has a live arm. That will make him a good third baseman. It’s a reflex position and even if you don’t have a perfect glove the plus arm will make up for that. He is now a part of a deep Pirates system. He has a few years to work his way up the ladder and that will definitely happen.

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