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A look at area players in the pro baseball ranks

Jeff Birchfield • Jun 28, 2018 at 12:35 AM

Will Craig, a former Science Hill baseball standout and a first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2016 major league 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, the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year his senior season at Wake Forest, was named the Eastern League player of the week for June 11-17 after hitting 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 was tied for the team lead with 11 home runs and led 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 Baltimore 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. 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 Kansas City Royals reliever, who came back from a 10-day disabled list on June 12 before returning to the DL on Wednesday, hit a milestone last week by appearing in his 300th major league game. 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 and four saves in his role as a middle reliever.

The Royals said Grimm is dealing with right shoulder impingement syndrome.

Tristan Archer

The former Sullivan South star has a 1-2 record with the Triple-A 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, allowing 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 out of 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 and gave up just one hit 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, he has five saves in 19 games with 34 innings pitched.

Pitching for the Delmarva (Md.) Shorebirds, a Class A farm team with the Baltimore Orioles, Hayes (0-3) threw the final two innings of the team’s 3-1 win over the Augusta GreenJackets 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 GreenJackets. He also has two 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

The former Dobyns-Bennett standout started the season with the Class A Daytona Beach Tortugas, and was sent to the Dayton Dragons before being assigned to the Greeneville Reds of the Appalachian League on June 21. The 6-foot-6 right-hander 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. He has totaled 43 strikeouts and given up 18 walks in 66 innings with a 4.91 ERA.

Hunter Stratton

Another tall righty with power, the 6-4 Sullivan East alum is 3-3 this season with the Class A West Virginia Power. Stratton has done particularly well in his last two outings, striking out six and giving up just one hit in a 6-3 win over the Augusta GreenJackets on June 14.

He 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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