By Jason Shetler
On Wednesday, the Fall Instructional League began. The games usually consist of Pirates minor leaguers who play at the lower levels to work on certain aspects of their game, and according to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects, third baseman Will Craig was playing first base. Williams also mentioned that the plan for Craig is to still be at third base.
The Pirates selected Craig out of Wake Forest University with their first round pick in this year’s draft. The former ACC Player of the Year displayed strong on base ability during his college playing days, and that continued in his first professional season as a member of the Pirates organization. In 63 games this year with the West Virginia Black Bears, Craig posted a .412 OBP, which was tied for second best in the New York-Penn League.
Entering the draft, most scouts suggested that Craig would eventually be moved to first base due to his size. With Fall Instructionals having games without much meaning, it doesn’t hurt to see how he can handle the position, if in fact he does have to play it on a regular basis down the road. Craig should begin next season with the Bradenton Marauders.