Friday, June 10, 2016

Pirates draft Will Craig P/3B at Pick 22

With the 22nd pick in the 2016 draft the Pirates picked 21 year old Will Craig third basemen and relief pitcher.  [ link from thebaseballcube.com ]

Will was originally drafted in the 2013 draft by the Royals at pick 1104 in round 37 but like many drafted in those later round did not sign and instead went on to play in Wake Forest where he an amazing slash line of .350/.465/.632 with 37 home runs over 159 games and 692 plate appearances in three seasons.  Over those three seasons he had a 15.6% walk rate along with 13% strike out rate shows that is has had pretty good plate discipline in the aluminum bat leagues.  In wooden bat leagues his average and power dipped significantly but he was still able to keep his on base percentage respectable showing that the discipline extends to different leagues.

As a third basemen he has the arm strength to stick but his arm and glove may force him to first or outfield.

As a pitcher he does not appear to be anything exciting but does have 105 innings under his belt between college and the north woods leagues.

Between the two, his bat will probably force him from pitcher to position player, however it could make for some interesting double switch situations in extra inning games.

Over all it is hard to dislike the pick.  Expected quality bat, could possibly stay at third but will probably move to first both are weak point for the Pirates minor system with a remote possibility of moving him to the bull pen.

It is too big of a risk to pick Perez with his recent PED issues especially when you consider the number of short stops the Pirates already have in their system.  IF the Pirates didn't have multiple promising middle infielders already a risk on Perez would be more acceptable.  Instead Perez was picked by St. Louis with the very next pick.

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