Will Craig
24-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Pittsburgh Pirates AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Will Craig in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Pirates in June of 2018 that includes a $2.25 million signing bonus.
Working in RF
1BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
June 1, 2019
Craig has been working in right field recently for Triple-A Indianapolis, Stephen J. Nesbitt of The Athletic reports.
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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.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The 22nd overall pick in the 2016 draft got off to a rough start in rookie ball, going 4-for-30 with the West Virginia Black Bears. Craig then posted a .303/.422/.394 line the rest of the way (232 plate appearances). Pittsburgh selected the 6-foot-3, 230-pound slugger for his power but he went deep just two times and drove in 19 runs. He previously struggled with wooden bats in the Cape Cod League, so it will be interesting to track his power progress. Unfortunately, PNC Park is one of the worst locations for right-handed power hitters. Craig did continue to show fantastic plate discipline last summer, walking more frequently than he struck out (41:37 BB:K). He's a poor fielder -- registering an .889 fielding percentage at third base -- but the 22-year-old could eventually slide over to first base. He'll look to improve upon his defense in 2017 and rediscover the power stroke he displayed at Wake Forest University.
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Already in playing shape
1BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
February 18, 2019
Craig is expected to play first base for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2019, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
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Not hitting for much power at High-A
1BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
June 22, 2017
Craig, 22, is batting .286/.389/.423 with five home runs and 33 RBI through 62 games for High-A Bradenton
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1BPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
June 9, 2016
The Pirates have selected Craig with the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 first-year player draft.
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