The nod for best position player for the 2008 Springfield Cardinals, fat least from where I sit in the press box, goes to third baseman, Allen Craig. Craig was selected for the 2008 Texas League All-Star Team along with 2008 Relief Pitcher of the Year Fernando Salas and Starting Pitcher of the Year, Jess Todd.
a 6-foot-2, 190 pound right-handed infielder, was born in
In 2008, Craig batted for a solid .304 average with 506 at bats in 129 games. He had 154 hits, and 85 of those produced a RBI. He hit 30 doubles, 102 singles and 22 home-runs--a season high for the team. He also scored 84 times, walked 48 times, and struck out 87 times. His slugging percentage was .494 and he was hit 10 times by a pitch.
Craig describes himself as a laid-back kind of guy who goes mostly with the flow. He lists his family and his girlfriend as things being most important to him. He says he enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends and teammates and playing video games and shooting basketball hoops at the gym.
insists that his goal is to be the guy that everyone can depend on to get the
job done--and he has done just that for
was selected by the Cardinals in the eighth round (256th over-all) in the 2006
draft, out of the
2007, Craig played 112 games for the Palm Beach Cardinals, hitting .312 with 21
home runs and 77 RBI before getting a well-deserved promotion to
He finished second in the Florida State League with 224 total bases and third with a .312 batting average. Craig was the Most Valuable Player in the Florida State League All-Star Game, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the 5th inning of the 8-4 win by his East squad. He was selected as the Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for June.
In 2006, Craig hit .257/.325/.400 with four home runs and 29 RBI for short-season Class A State College and was selected to the New York-Penn League All-Star game. On August 13, Craig partially tore the patella tendon in his knee and was shut down for the season on August 23.
Craig's previous player awards include: Texas League All-Star 2008; Birdhouse Top 40 Prospect 2008, #11; Texas League Post-Season All-Star 2008; Texas League Mid-Season All-Star 2008; Scout.com Cardinals A+ Player of the Year 2007; Florida State League Post-Season All-Star 2007; Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star 2007; Florida State League All-Star Top Star 2007; Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month--June 2007; New York-Penn League Mid-Season All-Star 2006
Craig's career batting record
Congratulations to our
Master article with all 2008 Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Players of the Year and the schedule for daily announcements: link. (This link is also permanently located at the lower left of The Birdhouse home page.)
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