St. Cloud Rox Alum Makes MLB Debut
Will Craig, a power hitting infielder, who played 56 games for St. Cloud in 2014, reached The Show this afternoon.
Craig was called up from the Pittsburgh Pirates alternate training site and started at first base, while batting ninth in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Cardinals. He took the place of Colin Moran, who was placed on the 7-day concussion injured list.
Craig went 0-3 with a deep fly out to the left field wall in the 7th. Pittsburgh won, 4-3.
The Wake Forest product hit .255 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI during his lone summer in the Granite City.
Drafted by the Pirates in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft, Craig led all of Double-A with 102 RBI in 2018. He also hit 23 home runs last year at Triple-A Indianapolis.
"I just called Craig in this morning and checked on him to see where he was at. I think my exact words to him were, 'Hey, you wanna play in a big league game?'" Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. "Big smile came across his face. One of the cool things you can do in this job [is] when you're telling guys for the first time that they're making their big league debut."