Pirates Take Wake Forest’s Craig With First Pick

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NEW YORK – The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Wake Forest junior first baseman/third baseman Will Craig with their first pick – the 22nd overall – in the 2016 draft Thursday.

(Photo courtesy of Wake Forest Athletics)

Craig, a right-handed hitter, was a first team All-American for the Deamon Deacons the last two season and was a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist for the best collegiate baseball player. He hit .379 with 17 home runs and a 1.251 OPS this year for Wake Forest.

The Pirates took a pair of high-school pitchers with their other two selections Thursday choosing left-hander Nick Lodolo of Damien (Calif.) High School in the lottery round (41st overall) and right-hander Travis MacGregor of East Lake (Fla.) High School in the second round (68th overall).

Lodolo e was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game first-team All-American and was also a 2015 second-team preseason Underclass All-American.

MacGregor was a 2016 Rawlings-Perfect Game honorable mention All-American selection.

Mickey Moniak of La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif., was the first overall pick by the Philadelphia Phillies. Moniak is a left-handed outfielder.

Complete draft coverage can be found at www.mlb.com.


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