Wake Forest: Will Craig “Putting it all on the line”

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In an interview with College Baseball Central Thursday, Player of the Year candidate sophomore two-way threat Will Craig (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill HS) said the Wake Forest lineup is as good as anybody.

“We can hit with the best of them,” Craig stated. “We are a young team, but if we keep playing well things are going to work out for us. My number one goal is to maintain power numbers, come up in clutch situations, and I am going to put everything on the line.”

Craig is known for having power to all fields, as well as the ability to handle any pitch a pitcher can throw. In 64 at-bats Craig has been a human stat machine, batting .484, while tallying five home runs, 27 RBI, 31 hits, nine doubles, 55 total bases, and a .859 slugging percentage. Correspondingly, The Deacs’ are currently the only Atlantic Coast Conference team batting above .300, retaining a .317 rate.

“I’m trying to be the best I can be,” Craig said. “I like playing the tough competition in the ACC, and I’m using what I learn to develop. I want to cut down on strikes, cut my swing down, and try not to get caught up in what I am doing statistically.”

Another interesting stat about the 6 feet 3 inch 230 pound slugger, is the fact that he has reached base safely in 22 straight games going all the way back to last season, and has an active 11 game hitting streak on the table.

“I am just trying to keep it simple, and as long as we are winning all those stats are fine,” Craig pointed out.”

I asked Craig if there was anything he is looking to improve upon given the fact he does everything so well.

“I get a little anxious,” Craig replied. “I need to let the ball travel to me a little more, and try to hit the ball to the gap.”

Craig has a nose for the game, and the ball. It is early still in the college baseball season, nevertheless, it’s hard to ignore, or deny, Craig’s elite performance thus far.

You know that player, that is the type of performer you would spend your money to see? Well, that’s Craig. Let’s not forget his prowess on the mound as well.

He possess a plus fastball that sits 88-92, and a curve that breaks crisp, together with a serviceable changeup that makes him a Friday or Saturday pitching possibility.

courtesy of Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images.

courtesy of Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images.

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Matthew Gray
Matthew Gray is a national writer for College Baseball Central and a member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame, granting him an official vote annually on which coaches and players will be inducted. Matthew is also a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, which gives him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy (Player of the Year), Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. Matthew is college baseball's go to source for exclusive player, coach, scout and executive interview based articles. He is at the forefront of prospect knowledge in the nation, and owns a strong managerial and professional background which includes over 25 years of experience as an author, scout, coach and athlete. Matthew has two daughters, Shelby, and Michelle. Follow Matthew on Twitter @CBCBaseball95