Former Rox Player Will Craig Makes MLB Debut
St. Cloud, MN – Former St. Cloud Rox infielder Will Craig made his Major League debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday afternoon.
Craig, who played in St. Cloud during the 2014 Northwoods League season, started at first base for the Pirates during game one of a doubleheader.
Craig becomes the fourth Rox player to make his major league debut, joining Ben Meyer, Alex McRae and Josh Taylor. He is the 29th former St. Cloud player to play in the major leagues, which is the most among Northwoods League franchises. He is also the 245th former Northwoods League player to reach the MLB level.
Craig played in 56 games for the Rox during the summer of 2014. He collected 52 hits, including 11 doubles and a team eight home runs that season. The Wake Forest University alum from Johnson City, Tennessee was drafted by Pittsburgh in the 1st round, 22nd overall, during the 2016 MLB Draft.
The St. Cloud Rox are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.stcloudrox.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile.