William Isaac Craig...Wife’s name is Morgan...Is a 2013 graduate of Science Hill High School in Johnson City, TN, where he was teammates with Major League pitcher Daniel Norris (Science Hill also produced Heisman Trophy-winning Florida quarterback Steve Spurrier, who went on to coach at Florida, South Carolina and the Washington Redskins)…Was a three-time All-Conference selection and Big 8 Conference Player-of-the-Year in 2012...Was also named the Super 22 Player-of-the-Year and three-time Super 22 Team selection by the Johnson City Press...Played in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, CA, in 2011 and 2012...Played for the East Cobb Yankees travel team as a teenager, where he was teammates with Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson...Was primarily recruited as a pitcher...Received offers from Georgia Southern, Samford and Wake Forest...Attended Wake Forest University, the only school that presented him the opportunity to be a position player...Was Wake Forest’s everyday third baseman as a freshman in 2014...Hit .280 with eight homers and 36 RBI as a freshman and posted a 4.05 ERA in seven pitching appearances...Led Wake Forest in batting average (.382), home runs (13), RBI (58), runs scored (52), doubles (20), walks (41), on-base percentage (.496) and slugging (.702) as a sophomore in 2015...Was named the 2015 ACC Player-of-the-Year...Started all 53 games...Became the fourth Wake Forest baseball player to be named an All-American by five different outlets...Spent the summer with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League...Selected as a consensus First-Team All-American during junior season in 2016...Started 55 games and led Wake Forest with a .379 batting average, 16 homers and 66 RBI...Ranked in the top 50 nationally in average, homers, RBI and walks...Also pitched out of the bullpen in his junior season...Went 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA, 25 strikeouts and nine saves over 28.0ip...Became the first Wake Forest first-round pick and highest Wake Forest draft pick since 2008 (Allan Dykstra)…Selected as D1 Baseball National Player-of-the-Year and First-Team All-ACC...Finished college career with 37 home runs; 10th-most in school history...Became first Wake Forest baseball player to be selected as a consensus All-American by all six outlets...Signed by Pirates scout Jerry Jordan.
Spent majority of season at the alternate training site in Altoona...Was recalled on 8/27 (was on the Taxi Squad for the road trip starting on 8/25)…Made Major League debut on 8/27 at St. Louis; went 0-for-3 while starting at first base in the first game of the doubleheader... Played final two innings at first base on 8/28 at Milwaukee (0-for-1 at the plate)…Was optioned on 8/29...Was recalled again on 8/30 when Bryan Reynolds went on Paternity List, but did not appear in a game...Was optioned on 8/31 when Colin Moran was reinstated from Injured List...Finished season on the Taxi Squad from 9/23-27...Was designated for assignment on 11/25; outrighted to Triple-A on 12/2.
Won his first Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove at first base after posting a .999 fielding percentage in 886 total chances (recorded 828 putouts and 57 assists while making just one error in 111 games at first base for Triple-A Indianapolis)...Entered season ranked as Pittsburgh's 15th-best prospect according to MLBPipeline (16th by Baseball America)...Became the third Indianapolis first baseman to win a Gold Glove, joining John Harris in 1983 and Edwin Espinal in 2017...Established a career high in home runs; the most by a Tribe player since Graham Koonce hit 23 in 2005...Led Indianapolis in RBI; the highest single-season total for an Indians player since Brandon Moss drove in 96 runs in 2010...Ranked second among Pirates minor leaguers in home runs, third in RBI and tied for third in games played...Finished tied for sixth in the International League in RBI...Made 111 appearances (108 starts) at first base and 13 appearances (13 starts) in right field...Hit 17 of his 23 home runs prior to the All-Star break...Hit his first Triple-A home run in his second plate appearance on 4/4 at Columbus...Hit safely in 10 of his first 11 games, going 13-for-43 (.302) with two doubles, six home runs and 13 RBI...Hit seven home runs in April; tied for the third-most among International League players...Was named Indianapolis' Player of the Month for May after hitting .282 with seven doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI in 27 games...Made his first professional appearance/start in right field on 6/1...Snapped an 18-game drought without a home run with a two-run shot on 6/18 at Buffalo...Represented the Pirates at the All-Star Futures Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland on 7/7 (was hit by a pitch in each of his two plate appearances)...Hit first career walk-off home run on 7/30 vs. Columbus...Established a single-season career high with his 21st home run on 8/4 against Columbus...Was charged with his only error at first base on 8/4 vs. Columbus.
Spent entire season with Double-A Altoona, where he was voted the team's MVP...Was named to the Eastern League's mid- and post-season All-Star teams...Led the Eastern League in RBI and sacrifice flies while finishing tied for second in games and third in extra base hits (53)...Ranked fifth in all of minor league baseball in RBI...His 53 extra base hits tied for the fourth-best single-season total in Altoona history...Became just the second player in Altoona's history to reach triple digits in RBI, joining Adam Hyzdu (106 in 2000)...Became the first Pirates minor leaguer to reach 100 RBI since Quincy Latimore had 100 in 2010 and posted the highest total since Steve Pearce had 113 in 2007...Led all Pirates minor leaguers in home runs and RBI while finishing second in games played (his 20 homers also ranked sixth in the Eastern League)...Led all Eastern League first basemen with a .993 fielding percentage, 122 games, 1116 total chances, 1021 putouts, 87 assists and 110 double plays...Hit go-ahead, three-run homer on 4/7 for first Double-A home run...Homered in three straight games from 4/7-10, including a three-run inside-the-park homer on 4/10 vs. Harrisburg...Went deep five times over a six-game stretch from 6/12-17...Was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week of 6/11-17 after leading all of minor league baseball with five home runs and 12 runs scored in addition to pacing the Double-A level with a .522 average (12-for-23), 12 RBI and seven extra base hits...Hit .441 (15-for-34) with five home runs, three doubles and 15 RBI during a season-long nine-game hitting streak from 6/8-20...Recorded a career-high-tying five RBI on 6/12...Placed third in the Eastern League home run derby with 12 homers...Was the starting designated hitter for the Western Division All-Stars; went 1-for-4 and won the post-game, tie-breaking swing-off over Reading's Zach Green...Recorded first career multi-homer game on 7/20...Claimed the Eastern League RBI lead with 29 during 26 games in July to lead the circuit over that period...Surpassed Jose Bautista for second place on the single-season RBI list with a two-run triple on 8/7 at Trenton to reach 91 RBI...Slugged his 20th homer on 8/20 at Binghamton...Hit .338 (25-for-74) with five homers, five doubles and eight RBI from 8/9-31 ... Became the second player in Curve history to reach 100 RBI in a season with a double in the first inning on 9/1 at Bowie...Ended the season ranked as Pittsburgh's 16th-best prospect by MLB.com...Was named the "Best Defensive First Baseman" in the Eastern League by Baseball America...Hit .304 (24-for-79) with three doubles, six homers and 18 RBI in 21 games for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League; finished tied for the league lead in home runs, tied for third in total bases (45) and third in slugging percentage (.570).
Entered season ranked by Baseball America as Pittsburgh's ninth-best prospect...Spent entire season with Single-A Bradenton, where he led all Florida State League first basemen in total chances (940), putouts (855) and assists (78)...Was named to the Florida State League's mid-season All-Star team...Finished third in the Florida State League in OBP and tied for third in walks...Also ranked third among all Pirates farmhands in games played...Recorded first career five-RBI game on 4/26 at Fort Myers.
Began his professional career with the West Virginia Black Bears after being selected 22nd overall in the First-Year Player Draft earlier in the summer...Made his debut on 6/17 against Mahoning Valley and went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts...Hit .159 through his first 21 games before hitting .336 during the remainder of the season...Hit his first professional home run on 7/17 vs. Williamsport…Made all 46 of his defensive appearances (all starts) at third base in 2016.