Springfield Cardinals Player of the Year: '08

Our Scout.com Springfield Cardinals Position Player of the Year for 2008 is third baseman Allen Craig, who tied for third in home runs and OBP and fifth in batting average, plus ranked third in RBI and fifth in OPS across the entire Cardinals system.

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.

 

Craig, a 6-foot-2, 190 pound right-handed infielder, was born in Temecula, California, on July 18, 1984. He wears number 35 for the Springfield Cardinals and was an anchor at third base prior to his late-season injury. Craig is one of those guys who doesn't step into the spotlight much and doesn't draw nearly the media attention he deserves, but he is always there to turn the big plays defensively and with the bat.

 

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.

 

Craig 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 Springfield this year. He doesn't consider himself a power hitter but has had to perform in that capacity this year coming up with the big at-bat plays to help his team through some tough times.

 

Craig was selected by the Cardinals in the eighth round (256th over-all) in the 2006 draft, out of the University of California (Berkeley). Last year, he ranked third in batting average in the Florida State League, third in home runs, third in OPS, and third in SLG. In addition to third base, he has spent time at shortstop and the outfield.

 

In 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 Springfield, where he played in seven games to wrap up the season. While at Palm Beach, Craig set new club records for runs (77), batting average (.312), RBIs (77), total bases (224), slugging percentage (.530) and tied for the most home runs with 21.

 

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

 

Yr Tm G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB
2006 STC 48 175 21 45 13 4 29 13 28 0.257 0.325 0.400 0
2007 TOT 119 447 82 139 27 24 80 36 85 0.311 0.367 0.541 8
PBC 112 423 77 132 25 21 77 35 79 0.312 0.370 0.530 8
SPG 7 24 5 7 2 3 3 1 6 0.292 0.320 0.750 0
2008 SPG 129 506 84 154 30 22 85 48 87 0.304 0.373 0.494 2
Tot 296 1128 187 338 70 50 194 97 200 0.300 0.363 0.498 10

 

Springfield team comparison

 

Name BA G AB R H 2B 3B HR BI BB SO
A Brown  .251  68  247  36  62  14  12  38  30  81 
B Buckman  .321  23  84  27  18 
A Craig  .304  129  506  84  154  30  22  85  48  87 
D Descalso  .351  37  13 
J Dew  .667  15 
B Dickson  .143 
J Fiske  .000  10 
B Furnish  .250 
I Garcia  .284  71  194  24  55  33  31 
M Gonzalez  .000  20 
L Gregerson  .000  27 
M Hamilton  .241  70  245  27  59  11  29  35  67 
D Jones  .290  36  124  19  36  14  22  30 
J Kinney 
J Martinez  .253  127  483  50  122  20  67  20  44 
J Mikrut  .000  19 
K Mura  .000 
A Ottavino  .111 
M Pagnozzi  .236  68  216  24  51  10  19  16  47 
L Perdomo  .000  10 
J Rapoport  .246  45  183  24  45  18  35 
C Rowlett  .242  86  207  31  50  27  22  41 
F Salas  .500  28 
M Shorey  .304  114  388  49  118  28  11  66  29  110 
D Solano  .264  26  106  11  28  11  22 
B Wallace  .367  13  49  13  18  11 
B Yarbrough  .242  94  306  39  74  14  37  45  100 
Z Zuercher  13 

 

Congratulations to our Springfield Cardinals Position Pitcher of the Year, Allen Craig!

 

 

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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