BRADENTON, Fla. - The Pirates have no reason to rush Will Craig. They currently have Josh Bell in the majors, showing signs of his offensive upside, while also showing improvements on defense. Bell is under team control through the 2022 season, although as a Scott Boras client, that would probably be the maximum amount of time that he would be in Pittsburgh. So there's no need to rush Craig through the system with the first base position already locked up.
That said, over the last month, Craig has been hitting like a guy who belongs at a higher level. He got off to a slow start this season, hitting for a .737 OPS in April, then jumping to a .750 OPS in May. His strikeout rate also jumped in the process from 14% to 26%. But now he looks to be back on track, hitting for a .972 OPS with tw...
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