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Pittsburgh Pirates Select Will Craig 22nd Overall in 2016 MLB Draft

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The Demon Deacon is about to get paid.

Dean Shore

Wake Forest junior Will Craig has been selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 22nd overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft. He becomes the first first-round Wake Forest draftee since 2008, and the highest since 2006. Because he still has eligibility remaining, Will has until July 15 to either sign his professional contract, or return to school. All indications are that Will Craig will sign a professional deal, and that's exactly the correct decision.

Craig was a two-time first-team All-America selection, and finished this season with a .379 batting average, 16 home runs, and 66 RBI's. For his career, he totaled 37 home runs, 108 walks, 42 doubles, 160 RBI's, and a .347 batting average. He was named the 2015 ACC Player of the Year, and arguably should have also won the award in 2016. He was a major reason the Deacs were able to reach the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Congratulations to Will on such an outstanding accomplishment. He was an incredible player for the Demon Deacons, and has thef potential to be a very good batter at the major league level.