Scout's Cards MiLB Player of the Month: May

The Springfield Cardinals third baseman, Allen Craig takes home the Birdhouse 'Minor League Player of the Month Award' after a huge month in May.

Allen Craig put together some impressive numbers in the month of May, hitting .327 with nine home runs and 24 RBIs, generating slash stats of .356/.611/.967, to earn May's 'Player of the Month' award.

Selected in the eighth round (256th overall) of the June, 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Craig is known for his bat.

In 2007, playing for the Cardinals Class-A team, the Palm Beach Cardinals, he set new club records for runs (77), batting average (.312), RBI's (77), total bases (224), slugging percentage (.530) and tied for the most home runs with 21.

Craig finished second in the Florida State League in 2007, with 224 total bases and third with a .312 batting average.

This season, he's leading the Springfield Cardinals in runs scored (39), doubles (13), home runs (11), RBIs (40) and total bases (110).

Questions about his defense at third remained at the beginning of the season, To date, he's only made five errors through his first 56 games. Based on what I've seen and what has been reported, he should be able to develop into a serviceable major league third baseman with a great bat.

Ranked by the Birdhouse in the preseason as the Cardinals #11 prospect and member of the 2008 All-Prospect team, Craig ranked this past week at #8 in the Cardinals Prospect Power Rankings.

It's not out of the realm of possibility that the Cardinals would call on Craig if major league third baseman, Troy Glaus is loss to an injury, certainly Craig is in the mix, when considering the Cardinals third baseman of the future.

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