Bucs claim righty Goudeau, DFA 1B Craig

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates claimed right-hander Ashton Goudeau — an intriguing and potentially late-blooming pitching prospect — off waivers from the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon. To make room on Pittsburgh’s full 40-man roster, first baseman Will Craig was designated for assignment. The decision to remove Craig from the roster is

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates claimed right-hander Ashton Goudeau — an intriguing and potentially late-blooming pitching prospect — off waivers from the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon. To make room on Pittsburgh’s full 40-man roster, first baseman Will Craig was designated for assignment.

The decision to remove Craig from the roster is not necessarily surprising, but it is notable nonetheless. The 26-year-old was the Pirates’ first-round pick in the 2016 Draft and their No. 22 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Four years after being selected 22nd overall, Craig only received a brief shot in the Majors.

Craig was a Minor League Gold Glove Award winner at first base in 2019, but he hasn’t quite developed into the hitter the Pirates expected when they selected him out of Wake Forest University. Craig showed flashes of being a high-average hitter and an on-base machine in the low Minors, then he hit for more power at the expense of his patient approach in the upper Minors.

But Craig didn’t put it all together at the plate, and defensively he was more or less limited to first base. The Pirates drafted him as a third baseman,…

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