A brief look at new Red Sox 1B/outfielder Allen Craig

July 31, 2014 - 12:18 pm
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Among the two pieces coming the Red Sox way in exchange for John Lackey is Allen Craig. Craig was a key member of the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals team that the Red Sox defeated en route to their World Series championship.

While many may know Craig from the infamous obstruction play with Will Middlebrooks, the 30-year-old has had a solid career to date.

Craig was a drafted as a shortstop in the eighth round of the 2006 First Year Player Draft by the Cardinals out of University of California, Berkeley and made his major league debut in 2010 at the age of 25.

Craig had his strongest seasons in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, Craig hit .307/.354/.522 with 22 home runs, 92 RBIs, 35 doubles and a 2.3 WAR according to Baseball Reference. In 2013, Craig hit .315/.373/.457 with 13 home runs, 97 RBIs, 29 doubles and 2.6 WAR according to Baseball Reference.

The first baseman/outfielder has struggled in 2014, hitting .237/.291/.346 with seven home runs, 44 RBIs, 17 doubles and -0.6 WAR in 97 games according to Baseball Reference.

In his career, Craig has been a solid postseason performer, hitting .260/.359/.480 with five home runs, 14 RBIs and five doubles in 118 plate appearances.

Throughout his career, Craig has displayed an ability to hit with runners in scoring position, hitting .363/426/.575 in 513 plate appearances. With runners in scoring position and two outs, Craig is hitting .321/.417/.561 in 247 plate appearances.

Craig has performed similarly against left-handed and right-handed pitching in his career, hitting .290/.349/.432 against righties and .293/.327/.533 against lefties.

Throughout his career, Craig has played every position in the field with the exception of pitcher, shortstop and catcher, although he has primarily settled into first base and the outfield.

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