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Pirates select Wake Forest's Will Craig in first round of MLB Draft

Wake Forest infielder and relief pitcher Will Craig was selected Thursday by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the MLB Draft.

“I was obviously ecstatic. I know Pittsburgh is a great city with a lot of rich history. … I'm real excited to be part of it.” Craig said.


The 21-year-old Craig is a first-team All-American selection by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. He is also a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, which is given to the top college baseball player, and a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

In 2015, he was a first-team All-America selection by Louisville Slugger and was the ACC Player of the Year.

This season, Craig was the Deacons' biggest offensive threat. He led the team in hitting with a .379 batting average, home runs with 16, RBIs with 66, slugging percentage with .731, and on-base percentage with .520.

On the defensive side, he committed only nine errors.

As a pitcher, he had a team-high nine saves with a 3.54 ERA in 19 appearances.

During his three seasons playing for Wake Forest, Craig batted .347 with 42 doubles, 37 home runs, 160 RBIs and 108 walks.

"I would love to thank all the Wake Forest coaches and staff members who helped me get where I am today. Without them, I wouldn't be able to enjoy today nearly as much," Craig said in a release from Wake Forest. "I want to thank my teammates for being there with me through the ups and downs and always pushing me to be my best, and I would love to thank my parents who have supported me my whole life and have always put my wants and needs before their own."

With their second pick (41st overall), the Pirates selected Nick Lodolo, a 6-foot-6 left-handed pitcher from Damien (Calif.) High School.

With the 68th overall pick and their final selection Thursday, the Pirates took right-hander Travis MacGregor from East Lake High (Fla.)



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