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Allen Craig

Allen Craig 5 OF

Pawtucket Red Sox

  • Status: Released
  • Full Name: Allen Thomas Craig
  • Age: 33 (July 18, 1984)
  • Birthplace: Mission Viejo, CA
  • Bats/Throws: R/R Ht: 6' 2" Wt: 215
  • Draft: Round 8 (2006, STL)
  • MLB Debut: 04/08/2010
  • School: California

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Allen Craig  5 OF

Allen Craig
  • Full Name: Allen Thomas Craig
  • Born: July 18, 1984
  • Age: 33
  • Birthplace: Mission Viejo, CA
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Height: 6' 2"
  • Weight: 215
  • Draft: Round 8 (2006, STL)
  • School: California
  • MLB Debut: 04/08/2010

2016: Missed a majority of the season due to a pair of DL stints with Triple-A Pawtucket. Played in only 4 games with the PawSox before landing on the DL with a left oblique strain from 4/14-5/15. Reinstated on 5/16 but appeared in only 2 games before returning to the DL with right knee inflammation from 5/21-8/12. Went 2-for-2 with a HR and a BB on 5/19 at Buffalo. Appeared in 7 rehab games with Short-A Lowell from 7/28-8/11...Reinstated on 8/13 and played in 16 more games with the PawSox.

2015: Made 15 starts and played in 36 games over 2 stints with BOS. Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Pawtucket, ranking 3rd in the International League in OBP (.368). Made his 1st Opening Day roster with BOS. Split time defensively between RF (9 G, 5 GS), LF (7 G, 4 GS), and 1B (6 G, 3 GS). Also made 3 starts as the Sox' DH. Made season debut on 4/6 at PHI, recording a pinch-hit single and scoring a run in the Sox' Opening Day victory. Hit his only Red Sox HR of the season on 5/1 vs. NYY, breaking a 1-1 tie in the 4th inning. Recorded his 500th career hit on 5/4 vs. TB, a 6th-inning single. Optioned to Pawtucket following the game on 5/9 at TOR. Outrighted to Pawtucket on 5/18. Played 93 games (all starts) with the PawSox, appearing defensively at 1B (46 G), RF (21 G), and LF (2 G). Posted a .993 fielding percentage at 1B (3 E/427 TC) and did not commit an error as an OF. Ranked among Pawtucket leaders in hits (2nd, 94), 2B (2nd, 14), RBI (T-3rd, 30), and BB (2nd, 49). Posted a .330/.383/.457 line against LHP while with the PawSox (31-for-94, 3 HR, 3 2B, 7 R, 12 RBI). Hit .345 (20-for-58) with a .441 OBP in his first 15 minor league games from 5/12-30. Reached base safely in 17 straight games from 7/21-8/8. Batted .297 (35-for-118) in his last 31 games beginning 7/30. Selected to the ML roster from Pawtucket on 9/1 and appeared in 12 games down the stretch (5 starts). Hit safely in 5 of his final 6 games with an AB, going 5-for-19 (.263) from 9/13 on.

2014: Hit .215 (99-for-461) with 20 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR, and 46 RBI in 126 games between the Cardinals and Red Sox. Acquired by BOS at non-waiver trade deadline. Defensively between the 2 clubs, appeared at RF (82 G, 78 GS), 1B (41 G, 37 GS), and LF (11 G, 3 GS). Was 1 of only 3 players in MLB to play at least 1,000 defensive innings without committing an error (also BAL's Nick Markakis and TB's Desmond Jennings). Began the season with 97 games for STL, hitting .237 (87-for-367). Batted .270 (48-for-178) with 11 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, and 28 RBI in 47 games at Busch Stadium compared to .180 (51-for-283) with 9 2B, 3 HR, and 18 RBI in 79 games on the road. Posted a .291 AVG (30-for-103) with 8 XBH (5 2B, 3 HR), 19 RBI, and a .354 OBP in May for the Cardinals. Hit .337 (34-for-101) with 7 2B, 2 HR, and 19 RBI over a 25-game stretch from 5/21-6/16. Ranked T-2nd in the NL in hits and T-3rd in RBI over that span.Acquired by the Red Sox on 7/31 with RHP Joe Kelly in exchange for RHP John Lackey, minor league LHP Corey Littrell, and cash considerations. Added to the active ML roster on 8/1 and made Sox debut that night vs. NYY, starting in LF (1-for-4, 2B). 4 of his 12 hits with the Red Sox went for extra bases (3 2B, HR). Went 2-for-4 with a double for BOS as a pinch-hitter. Placed on the 15-day DL on 8/5 (retro to 8/2) with a left foot sprain. Played in 2 games on rehab for Triple-A Pawtucket and activated on 8/21. Launched 1st HR as a Red Sox on 8/26 at TOR, a 2-run shot in the 11th inning. It accounted for his only RBI with the club. Marked his 1st career extra-inning home run. 

2013: Set career highs in games (134), AB (508), hits (160), 3B (2), RBI (97), BB (40), and OBP (.373). Made 1st career All-Star Game. Began season as STL's Opening Day 1B. Was a manager's selection to the NL All-Star team. Pinch-hit against Mariano Rivera in the 8th inning (line out). Led the majors with a .454 AVG (59-for-130) with RISP while ranking T-3rd in MLB with 83 RBI with RISP. Was the 3rd-highest AVG with RISP since data began being tracked in 1974, trailing only George Brett (.469, 1980) and Tony Gwynn (.459, 1997). Ranked among NL leaders in RBI (8th, 97), AB/RBI (3rd, 5.24), AVG (8th, .315), OBP (11th, .373), multi-hit games (T-15th, 47), 3-hit games (T-14th, 12), and HBP (T-11th, 10). Batted .336 at home, 7th-highest in the majors. Ranked T-7th in the NL with 25 go-ahead RBI and T-12th with 12 game-winning RBI. Was T-2nd in the NL and T-5th in MLB with 45 2-out RBI. Had an RBI in 64 of his 134 games, with 38 multi-RBI games. The Cardinals were 48-16 when he drove in a run. Posted a 12-game hit streak from 5/27-6/8 (.400, 20-for-50) and also recorded three 9-game hit streaks. Did not go more than 2 games without a hit from Opening Day through 7/24. His 37 hits in May tied his single-month high (also August 2012). Drove in 26 runs during June, 2nd most in the NL, and his career high in a month. Matched a career high with 4-hit games on 6/25 at HOU (4-for-5) and 7/14 at CHI (4-for-5). His 50th career HR was his 1st career grand slam on 8/26 vs. CIN, which gave STL an 8-5 lead and eventual win. Missed final 22 games of the season and the Division Series and League Championship Series with a left foot sprain, suffered in the 3rd inning on 9/4 at CIN.

POSTSEASON: Added to the World Series roster after missing the NLDS and NLCS recovering from a foot injury. Batted .375 (6-for-16) in 6 games. Hit safely in 5 of those contests, including 2 pinch-hits (2-for-2 as PH). Went 1-for-3 with a single as the DH in Game 1 at Boston, his 1st ML action since 9/4. Walked and singled in Game 2. Hit PH double in the 9th inning of Game 3 and scored the winning run in the 9th after a defensive interference call at 3B awarded him home in the 5-4 walk-off victory. Had a PH single off the bench in the 9th inning of Game 4. Started at 1B in Game 5, going 0-for-3. Singled twice in decisive Game 6 loss. 

2012: Ranked 6th among NL leaders in AVG (.307), 5th in SLG (.522), and T-15th in RBI (92). Led the Cardinals in SLG despite being limited to 119 games due to 2 trips to the DL. Led MLB with a .400 AVG (50-for-125) with RISP. Finished the season with 92 RBI in 119 games for an NL-leading 5.1 AB/RBI ratio. Made 86 starts at 1B, 21 in RF and 5 in LF. Primarily served as the Cards' cleanup hitter. Posted a .512 AVG (21-for-41, 2 HR) on the 1st pitch, ranking 6th in the NL. Had 17 go-ahead RBI, 3rd most on the Cardinals. Had 8 game-winning RBI. Started the season on the DL recovering from off-season knee surgery (fractured right knee cap) and was activated on 5/1 after missing 22 games. Appeared in 13 games and went 19-for-51 (.373) with 5 HR and 19 RBI before landing on the DL again on 5/18 (retro to 5/17) with a left hamstring strain. Was activated from the DL on 6/1 after missing 14 games. Had 2 multi-HR games, 7/2 vs. COL and 8/7 vs. SF, the 3rd and 4th of his career. Became the 1st Cardinal since Jerry Mumphrey on 5/30/77 with 2 2B in an inning on 7/22 vs. CHC (7th). Hit safely in a career-high 13 straight games from 8/10-24 (.434, 23-for-53). Also had a 10-game hit streak from 9/7-16 (.295, 13-for-44). In August, was T-3rd in the NL in hits (37), and T-2nd in 2B (10) and runs (22). Had his 1st career walk-off hit with an RBI single in the 10th inning on 9/9 vs. MIL. Ranked 2nd in the NL with 28 singles and 7 go-ahead RBI in September. Singled in all 4 PA on 9/28 vs. WSH, matching a career-high hit total.

POSTSEASON: (2012 cont.) Had 2 hits at ATL and drove in the Cardinals' 1st run of the Wild Card game. Hit .316 (6-for-19) with 4 BB and 3 RBI in 5 NLDS games vs. WSH. Had 3 hits, including a double and homer, in Game 2 of the Division Series. Hit an RBI double in the 1st inning of Game 3. Had 2 of the club's 3 hits in Game 4. Played in all 7 NLCS games vs. SF, going 3-for-24 (.125). Played RF in Game 4, LF in Game 6 and 1B in his other 5 starts as STL lost in 7 games.

2011: In his 1st full ML season, hit .315 (63-for-200) and won the World Series...Appeared in only
75 regular season games (47 starts) due to 2 DL stints, but played in all 15 postseason games. Was on the DL from 4/17-5/2 (strained left groin) and from 6/8-8/10 (right knee contusion). Batted .327 in September, hitting 5 of his 11 HR during the month. Made appearances at 2B (8 games, all starts), 3B (2 games, both starts), LF (26 games, 19 starts), CF (5 games, all starts), RF (18 games, 13 starts), and 1B (2 games)...Did not commit an error at any of those 6 positions (102 TC). Tied for the team lead with 7 pinch-hits (.318, 7-for-22)...Ranked 2nd on the club with 4 RBI as a pinch-hitter. Had the 2nd-most HR (11) in the NL for a player with no more than 200 AB. His 1st career pinch-hit HR was a 2-run shot off SF's Tim Lincecum on 6/1. Tallied first 2 career multi-HR games, 8/17 at PIT and 9/18 at PHI. Set a career high with 4 hits on 8/17 at PIT. Had right knee surgery after the season, performed by Dr. Richard Steadman at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. 

POSTSEASON: Hit .243 (9-for-37) with 3B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, and 8 BB in 15 postseason games, including 8 starts, as the Cardinals won the World Series...Hit 4 HR, including 3 in the WS, tying Albert Pujols' 2011 franchise record. Started all 3 NLDS games in the 3-game sweep of the Phillies (.100, 1-for-10, 3 R, 3B, 4 BB). Had never hit a triple in 314 career big league AB, but tripled in Game 2 of the NLDS at PHI and scored the winning run. Played in the last 5 games of the NLCS against the Brewers, a 6-game series win (.375, 3-for-8, R, HR, 3 RBI). Hit solo HR in Game 4 of NLCS at MIL and had a 2-RBI pinch-hit single in Game 6. Played in all 7 games of the World Series against the Rangers, making 4 starts. STL won all 3 World Series games in which he homered (G3, G6, G7). Had 3 game-winning RBI in the World Series, tying the MLB record for a single Fall Classic (also PIT's Kiki Cuyler in 1925, DET's Hank Greenberg in 1945). Had a franchise-record 4 go-ahead RBI in the World Series, T-2nd most all time. Recorded an RBI in each of his first 3 World Series AB, the 1st player to accomplish that feat since CWS' Ted Kluszewski in 1959. Notched pinch-hit, go-ahead singles in both Game 1 and Game 2 of the WS...Started in RF in Game 3 and hit a solo HR in his 1st AB. Came off the bench (Holliday injury) to play LF in Game 6 and hit a solo HR off Derek Holland in the bottom of the 8th inning. Started in place of the injured Holliday in WS Game 7 and hit a go-ahead, game-winning solo HR in the 3rd inning, robbed Nelson Cruz of a HR in the top of the 6th inning, and caught the final out of the season, hauling in David Murphy's fly ball at the left field warning track. 

2010: Made his 1st career Opening Day roster and appeared in 44 games over 5 ML stints. Had 3 game-winning RBI, most among Cardinals rookies. Made ML debut on 4/8 at CIN as STL's starting RF (0-for-4). Recorded 1st ML hit on 4/11 at MIL off Carlos Villanueva. Hit his 1st HR off Kyle Kendrick on 7/19 vs. PHI as part of the Cards' 3-HR inning. Batted .382 (13-for-34) after last recall of the season on 9/18, with a .647 SLG, 2 HR, and 6 RBI. Hit safely in 8 of his final 12 games with 4 multi-hit performances. Also played in 83 games at Triple-A Memphis and had team-leading 81 RBI. Tied for the minor league lead with 35 RBI in June for Memphis.

2009: Named Cardinals Minor League Player of the Year after batting .322 with an organization-
best 26 HR and 83 RBI at Triple-A Memphis. Led all STL minor leaguers in hits (152), runs (78), and SLG (.547). Ranked 3rd in the Pacific Coast League in total bases (258), and was 4th in AVG, HR, and hits. Registered hits in 40 of his last 49 games, batting .402 (76-for-189) with 17 HR and 47 RBI. Honored as Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for July (.392, 10 HR, 26 RBI). Led Memphis in AVG, hits, runs, HR, RBI, 2B, OBP, and SLG. Missed 14 games from 6/25-7/6 with a sprained left ankle. Hit 2-out, pinch-hit, game-tying single in the 9th inning, then scored the go-ahead run at Albuquerque in Game 2 of PCL playoffs. Went 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI in the Triple-A Championship Game, a 5-4 loss to Durham in 11 innings. After the season, ranked the No. 7 prospect and best power hitter in the STL organization by Baseball America.

2008: Spent the entire season with Double-A Springfield. Named to the Texas League's midand
postseason All-Star teams. His 154 hits paced Cardinals farmhands and ranked 3rd in the Texas League. His .304 AVG was 9th best in the TL. Hit 22 HR, 5th most in the Texas League. Primarily played at 3B (108 games). His .941 fielding percentage led Texas League 3B, as did his 217 assists.  
Also played 17 games in LF and 2 at 1B.

2007: Spent most of the season at High-A Palm Beach and was named to the Florida State League's postseason All-Star team. Also played 7 games for Double-A Springfield. His 224 total bases were 2nd most in the FSL. Finished 3rd in the FSL with a .312 AVG (132-for-423), 21 HR, and
a .530 SLG. Ranked 5th in the league with 77 RBI. Named MVP of the FSL All-Star Game (2-for-4, 2-run HR). Participated in the FSL All-Star Game Home Run Derby, finishing 3rd after falling in a tie-breaker to Palm Beach teammate Mark Hamilton. Selected as Cardinals Minor League Player of the Month for June (.337 AVG, 33-for-98).

Selected by the Cardinals out of the University of California in the eighth round of the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft...was a social welfare major.