UTICA, Mich. – Westside Woolly Mammoths second baseman Alec Craig signed with the Minnesota Twins Organization on Friday night, announced by Director of Baseball Operations Justin Orenduff. Craig, a native of Sicklerville, N.J., is the fourth United Shore Professional Baseball League player this season to sign with an MLB organization and 31st since 2016.
“Alec Craig could arguably be the most exciting player the USPBL has seen,” said Orenduff. “Since signing out of our College Senior Showcase he helped ignite the Mammoth offense leading to a seven-game winning streak. His defensive awareness, knack for getting on base, and plus speed helped him to truly standout in the USPBL and prove he deserves to be signed by a Major League Organization.”
Through eight games this season, Craig is hitting .500 with four doubles, 13 walks and 13 runs scored. He leads the league with 11 stolen bases in 11 attempts, .667 on-base percentage and .654 slugging percentage. Craig was named USPBL Player of the Week for the week of June 10-16. He becomes the second Woolly Mammoth player taken by a MLB organization this season.
“I’m blessed that I was given the opportunity to come here and play in the USPBL,” said Craig. “I was working in an office a year ago and playing in an adult (men’s) league. Without the USPBL I would have never had this opportunity to get signed by the Twins, so I want to thank both my managers Mark Weidemaier and Bryan Kloppe, as well as Justin Orenduff and Owner Andy Appleby.”
Craig will join the Twins organization in Tennessee to play in Rookie Ball with the Elizabethton Twins. Former USPBL players Randy Dobnak (Double-A, Triple-A), Taylor Grzelakowski (Double-A) and Tyler Palm (Single-A, Double-A) are also currently playing in the Twins organization.
The United Shore Professional Baseball League was founded by Rochester-based General Sports and Entertainment, and is the culmination of a 10-year effort by General Sports to bring professional baseball to the Detroit area. General Sports is led by President & CEO Andy Appleby, a former Senior Vice President of the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. General Sports previously owned and operated the Fort Wayne Wizards, a Minor League Baseball team in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and the Derby County Football Club, an English football (soccer) club in the English Premier and Championship Football Leagues. The USPBL will give General Sports the opportunity to employ every best practice that its experienced team has learned over the past 30 years at the highest level of sports management and marketing.
The USPBL launched May 2016 with an initial slate of three teams playing a full 75-game schedule at Jimmy John’s Field in historic downtown Utica. The USPBL is the first league in history to feature best practices such as having all of its games played on prime dates, Thursday to Sunday from mid-May through early September – the very finest months of weather in Michigan.
For more information, visit the USPBL website.
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