By Jason Shetler
On Wednesday, Baseball America came out with their list of the Top 20 prospects that played in the New York-Penn League this season. Pirates prospect Will Craig finished in the Top 10, ranking seventh on the list.
The Pirates selected Craig with the 22nd overall choice in this year’s draft out of Wake Forest. He became the first college third baseman to be taken in the first round by the Bucs since Pedro Alvarez in 2008.
Craig began his pro career in Morgantown with the West Virginia Black Bears. In 274 plate appearances, he put up a .412 on base percentage, which was tied for second best in the NYPL. Craig displayed a strong knack for working the free pass, as he posted an outstanding walk rate of 15%. He should start out next season with the Bradenton Marauders. MLB Pipeline currently has Craig rated the eighth best prospect in the Pirates system.