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Will Craig
Will  Craig

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Johnson City, Tenn.

High School:
Science Hill HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 235

Position:
INF/RHP

Bats/Throws:
R/R

06/27/2016

Craig Becomes Unanimous First Team All-American

Perfect Game selected Will Craig as the first team All-American at DH, making him Wake Forest's first unanimous first teamer since 1988.

06/16/2016

Craig Named D1Baseball Player of the Year

Wake Forest junior Will Craig was named the National Player of the Year on Thursday, a day after inking his professional contract with the Pirates.

06/09/2016

Craig Named Dick Howser Trophy Finalist

Wake Forest junior Will Craig is one of five finalists for the award, which recognizes the top collegiate baseball player.

06/09/2016

Will Craig Drafted 22nd Overall by Pirates

The Wake Forest junior became Wake Forest's highest draft pick since 2006, as the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted him in the first round.

06/08/2016

Craig Named First Team All-American by Baseball America

A year ago, Baseball America was the only one out of six outlets to list Will Craig as a second team honoree.

02/03/2014

My Five: Will Craig

06/03/2016

Wake Forest 5, Minnesota 3

The Demon Deacons opened NCAA Tournament play by taking down Minnesota, 5-3, to advance into the winner's bracket.

05/24/2016

Wake Forest 4, Duke 3

The Demon Deacons opened the ACC Championship with a 4-3 victory over Duke to advance into pool play.

05/21/2016

Wake Forest Baseball 2016 Senior Day

The Demon Deacons fell to No. 4-ranked Louisville, 9-4, after honoring six seniors before the game.

05/19/2016

No. 4 Louisville 3, Wake Forest 1

The Cardinals claimed the series-opening pitchers' duel from the Demon Deacons, 3-1.

04/26/2016

Wake Forest 10, App State 7

The Demon Deacons earned their sixth straight win, beating App State, 10-7, at Charlotte's BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday.


2016:
Pittsburgh Pirates First-Round Draft Pick (22nd Overall)
Unanimous First Team All-American
D1Baseball National Player of the Year
Dick Howser Trophy Finalist
Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist
Louisville Slugger First Team All-American
NCBWA First Team All-American
ABCA First Team All-American
D1Baseball First Team All-American
Baseball America First Team All-American
Perfect Game First Team All-American
NCBWA District Player of the Year
John Olerud Award Watch List (Top 18)
Perfect Game Midseason All-American
D1Baseball Midseason All-American
First Team All-ACC
ACC Co-Player of the Week (Feb. 29-March 6)

2015:
ACC Player of the Year
2014-15 Arnold Palmer Award
Louisville Slugger First Team All-American
NCBWA First Team All-American
ABCA First Team All-American
D1Baseball First Team All-American
Perfect Game First Team All-American
Baseball America Second Team All-American
Perfect Game Midseason Player of the Year
Perfect Game Midseason All-American
D1Baseball Midseason All-American
Golden Spikes Award Watch List (Top 30)
John Olerud Award Watch List
Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
First Team All-ACC
ACC Player of the Week (March 2-8)
CollegeBaseballInsider.com's Southeast Player of the Week (March 2-8)

2014:
Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
ACC Player of the Week (March 3-9)

Career Summary
Will Craig turned in one of the most storied Wake Forest careers, culminating in a first-round selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates (22nd overall) in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, the Deacons' first first-round pick since 2008 and highest since 2006 ... Craig became the first Demon Deacon ever to be a consensus first team All-American by all six outlets ... Finishes his three-year Wake Forest career ranking in the program's top 10 all-time in home runs (10th - 37) and walks (10th - 108), sitting just outside the top 10 in average (.347), doubles (42) and RBIs (160) ... Was also a regular pitcher in the rotation, finishing with a 6-4 record, 10 saves and 4.94 ERA in 41 outings.


2016 (Junior)
Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates after being taken 22nd overall in the first round of the MLB Draft ... Concluded a storied career by being selected as a consensus first team All-American ... Served primarily as the third baseman and closer.

Batting:
Led the Deacs in hitting (.379), home runs (16), RBIs (66), runs scored (53), walks (47), on-base percentage (.520) and slugging percentage (.731) ... Ranked in the top 50 nationally in average, homers, RBIs and walks, also finishing in the top 10 in slugging, on-base percentage and RBIs per game ... Finished in the top three of each of the ACC's triple crown categories, the only player to do so ... Recorded two multi-homer games in a week against Richmond (March 6 - 2-for-3, 2 BBs, 6 RBIs) and against Clemson (March 11 - 4 RBIs) ... Tallied 20 multi-hit games and 17 multi-RBI games, including the first five-hit game of his career against Notre Dame (Apr. 3): 5-for-6 with two doubles and four RBIs ... Had 11 multi-walk games, including two four-walk efforts ... Also went deep against UMBC, VMI, Saint Peter's, Duke, Elon, Florida State, App State, North Carolina (two), Virginia Tech (two) and Virginia ... Ten of his 47 walks were intentional ... Hit by 11 pitches and recorded four sacrifice flies ... Started 55 games, missing seven due to an oblique injury, in which the Deacs went 2-5 without him ... Deacs went 14-0 when Craig homered and 18-2 when he had at least two hits.

Pitching:
Pitched exclusively out of the pen, finishing with a 2-0 record and 3.54 ERA with nine saves, tied for ninth-most in a season in program history ... Had a 1.80 ERA heading into his last three outings before allowing six runs his final three innings ... Struck out 25 batters in 28.0 innings, with a .250 opponent batting average ... Earned wins against Davidson (Apr. 5) and North Carolina (Apr. 23), tallying saves against UMBC, Towson, Clemson, UNCG, Florida State, North Carolina, Boston College, Duke, Virginia and Minnesota ... Didn't allow a triple or home run ... Didn't concede a run in any of his first seven outings (9.0 innings).


2015 (Sophomore)
Posted one of the best offensive seasons in Wake Forest history ... Became just the fourth Demon Deacon to be named an All-American by five different outlets ... Spent time at first base, designated hitter, starting pitcher and relief pitcher.

Batting:
Led Wake Forest in average (.382), home runs (13), RBIs (58), runs scored (52), doubles (20), walks (41), on-base percentage (.496) and slugging (.702) ... At different times of the season, led the nation in RBIs, home runs, slugging and total bases ... One of just two Deacons to start all 53 games ... Totaled 22 multi-hit games and 19 multi-RBI contests ... Held the ACC lead in the triple crown categories until the last weekend of the regular season ... Recorded first-career multi-homer game against Virginia Tech (March 8), finishing that series 8-for-15 with three dingers and four doubles ... Tallied multiple doubles against Bucknell, Virginia Tech and Pitt ... Racked up hitting streaks of 15 games and 12 games ... Finished with 10 multi-walk games to just four multi-strikeout games ... Was improved with the glove, maintaining a .984 fielding percentage on 183 attempts ... Stole bases against Marshall and NC State ... Homered against App State, Virginia Tech (three), Elon, Florida State, UConn, Miami, Clemson (two), Boston College, UNCG and Notre Dame ... Hit first-career triple at App State ... Tallied three-hit games against Bucknell, George Mason, Western Carolina, Virginia Tech (twice), Clemson, Boston College and High Point ... Went a perfect 6-for-6 with the bases loaded, including a grand slam ... Led the team with 27 two-out RBIs ... Was a .395 hitter with runners in scoring position and hit .542 when leading off an inning ... Spent the summer with the Chatham Anglers in the Cape Cod League.

Pitching
Went 3-4 with a 6.09 ERA, making 15 appearances and seven starts, also recording his first-career save ... Was stellar in a victory over Clemson, tossing 6.0 innings of four-hit ball, allowing one run and striking out five ... Picked up wins in back-to-back outings against Notre Dame (Apr. 25) and High Point (Apr. 28), going a combined 8.1 innings without allowing a run and striking out eight ... Allowed just three baserunners against NC State (May 9), striking out six in 6.0 innings on three hits without a walk ... Didn't allow a run his first three outings, combining to throw 5.0 frames of two-hit ball out of the pen against Delaware and twice against UNCW with five strikeouts.


2014 (Freshman)
One of the ACC's standout freshman players in 2014 ... Became the everyday third baseman while pitching at times.

Batting:
Finished the season with a batting average of .280 while collecting 53 hits, 21 runs, six doubles and eight home runs which ranked among the conference leaders ... Tallied 36 RBIs which was second on the team and had a slugging percentage of .439 ... Walked 20 times and had six sacrifice flies ... First multiple-hit game came against Missouri (Feb. 22) ... First multi-RBI contest was against Saint Louis with two runs batted in ... Went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the win over VMI (March 5) ... Had six hits, six runs, three RBIs and four walks in the series win at Georgia Tech and earned the ACC Player of the Week honors on March 10 ... Had an 11-game hitting streak and a 10-game RBI streak ... Tallied three RBIs and two doubles in the win over Notre Dame (March 30) ... Recorded a career-high four RBIs with a homer against High Point (April 2) ... Collected four hits vs. Western Carolina (April 30) ... Finished the season on a four-game hitting streak ... Played for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League during the summer.

Pitching:
Made seven appearances for Wake Forest on the mound with 13.1 innings pitched ... Had a 4.05 ERA and started one game against Florida State (April 20) ... Made his first appearance on the mound against Marshall (Feb. 17) and earned the win while giving up just one hit in four innings and struck out three ... Pitched in conference against Florida State and against No. 1 Virginia (May 16) ... Ended the season with a 1-0 record and seven strikeouts.

High School
Selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 37th round of the 2013 MLB Draft ... Three-time All-Conference selection and was named Big 8 Conference Player of the Year in 2012 ... Named the Super 22 Player of the Year and was a three-time Super 22 Team selection by the Johnson City Press ... Named Louisville Slugger High School All-American by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper ... Played in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. (2011, 2012) ... Selected to the Perfect Game WWBA 18U All-Tournament Team ... Three-time All-Region Team as selected by the Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association ... Ranked #356 by Perfect Game.

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