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.
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.
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.
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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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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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