Former Hilltopper Will Craig, UT’s Senzel taken in MLB Draft


Wake Forest junior, and former Hilltopper, Will Craig was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday night.

He becomes the sixth-ever first-round pick out of Wake Forest, including the first since 2008 and highest since 2006.

A first team All-American each of the last two years, Craig has racked up a career average of .347 with 42 doubles, 37 homers, 160 RBIs and 108 walks through three seasons. He has started more than 50 games all three years, and wrapped up this season with a .379 average, 16 longballs and 66 RBIs.

Craig has also excelled on the mound, holding a 6-4 career record. This year out of the pen, he went 2-0 with a team-high nine saves and a 3.54 ERA.

Courtesy: Wake Forest Athletics

University of Tennessee infielder Nick Senzel was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round (second overall pick) of the 2016 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

With his selection, Senzel becomes the first UT player drafted in the first round since former teammate Christin Stewart was selected as the 34th overall pick by the Detroit Tigers in 2015. Senzel also becomes the sixth, first-round draft pick for the Volunteers since 2007 and the 17th overall first-rounder in Tennessee Baseball program history.

Courtesy: University of Tennessee Athletics

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