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Local players update: Craig has been ahead of the Curve this season

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jun 27, 2018 at 12:43 PM

Will Craig, a former Science Hill standout and a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft, has been strong with the bat through the first part of this season with the Class AA Altoona Curve.

The 6-foot-3 first baseman, who was the ACC Player of the Year his senior season at Wake Forest, was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for June 11-17 after he hit five home runs over six games.

During that stretch, he had a .522 batting average, drove in 12 runs and scored 12 runs.

For the season, Craig is tied for the team lead with 11 home runs and leads the team with 52 RBIs. Heading into Wednesday night, he sported a .254 batting average with 16 doubles and .462 slugging percentage.

Daniel Norris

The Detroit Tigers left handed pitcher was injured on April 29 against the Orioles and underwent groin surgery in early May.

The former Science Hill star was cleared for mound work last week and threw a bullpen session last Saturday at the Tigers’ complex last Saturday. He appeared to be sharp in a video posted on the Detroit Tigers 247 website.

He was 0-2 on the season with 18 strikeouts and a 5.87 earned run average over 15 1/3 innings pitched at the time of the injury.

Justin Grimm

The Kanas City Royals reliever, who came back from a 10-day disabled list on June 12, hit a milestone last week by appearing in his 300th major league game. Now in his seventh season, the former Virginia High star had appeared in 16 games through Sunday. He is 1-3 this season with a 13.50 ERA over 12 2/3 innings.

Grimm, who won a World Series ring as a member of the 2016 Chicago Cubs, has a 20-23 career record with 358 strikeouts four saves in his role as a middle reliever.

Tristan Archer

Archer, a former Sullivan South star, has posted a 1-2 record with the Triple AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox this season. The right handed reliever has appeared in 27 games with 42 strikeouts and a 4.68 ERA.

He picked up the win last Saturday against the Iowa Cubs, giving up no hits and no walks over the fifth and sixth innings in a 2-0 Sky Sox victory.

Will Carter

After starting the season with the Trenton Thunder, the right hander from Science Hill is now with the Yankees’ Class A (advanced) Tampa Tarpons. Carter has a season record of 0-3 in 12 games started with a 5.65 ERA. His best performance was a loss on May 23 against the Charlotte (Fla.) Stone Crabs. He struck out six, gave up just one hits and no earned runs over six innings.

Carter came back strong a week later against Lakeland for six more innings, giving up just four hits in a no-decision. He threw three innings Tuesday, giving up four hits and two runs.

Reed Hayes

Another right hander from Science Hill, Hayes (0-3) has five saves in 19 games with 34 innings pitched. Pitching for the Delmarva (Md.) Shorebirds, an Orioles’ Class A farm team, he threw the final two innings of the team’s 3-1 win over the Augusta Green Jackets back on May 4.

Three days later, he got his second save, closing out the game with a couple of strikeouts in a 4-3 win over the Green Jackets. He also has a pair of six strikeout games, against the Hickory Crawdads on May 22 and the Hagerstown Suns on June 10. Hayes picked up his fifth save against Hagerstown on Tuesday, giving up one hit over three innings.

Aaron Quillen

Quillen started the season with the Class A Daytona Beach Tortugas, was sent to the Dayton Dragons before being assigned to the Greeneville Reds in the Appalachian League on June 21. The 6-foot-6 right hander, who is a former Dobyns-Bennett standout, struck out three batters in just two innings in his debut for the Reds last Friday.

He had appeared in eight games this season at the start of the week with no decisions. Heading into Wednesday, he had 43 strikeouts and had given up 18 walks in 66 innings with a 4.91 ERA.

Hunter Stratton

Another tall right hander with power, the 6-foot-4 Stratton is 3-3 this season with the West Virginia Power. He has done particularly well in his last two outings, striking out six and giving up just one hit in West Virginia’s 6-3 win over the August Green Jackets on June 14.

Stratton, a former Sullivan East star, went another six innings with six strikeouts, giving up four hits and two runs in an 8-6 win over the Hickory Crawdads on June 23.

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