The University of California product, taken in the eighth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, has made an impressive turnaround. His slash stats after the first three months of the season were a pedestrian .268/.339/.405, numbers more to be expected from a middle infielder, not a proven hitter like Craig, our 14th-ranked Cardinals prospect last winter.
To go one step further, during the months of April, May and June combined, Craig had only eight home runs and 29 RBI over 69 Pacific Coast League games. Compare that to his ten homers and 26 runs batted in accumulated during just 22 July contests. That is greater than one RBI per game.
Craig comes into August on fire, working on a seven-game hitting streak, during which he has five multi-hit games. He blasted two home runs on Tuesday and is batting .484 over his last ten games.
What seems next for Craig is to maintain that consistency such that he can be added to the Cardinals 40-man roster and make his Major League debut, likely initially as a utilityman. Craig had previously impressed Cardinals coaches with a strong showing with the bat in Spring Training camp back in March.
Congratulations to Allen Craig, our Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for July.
Previous 2009 Scout.com Cardinals Minor League Players of the Month:
April: Daniel Descalso
May: Charles Cutler
June: Jarrett Hoffpauir
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