Craig started his baseball career at the age of 4. Craig started right away with coach pitch and never played tee-ball even though most kids start that way. Between the ages of 4-12 Craig played with the Civic league team in his hometown. He played Babe Ruth league between 12-16. Growing up Craig’s position surprisingly enough was 3B/OF and not pitcher.
Craig started his varsity baseball career at Lee HS in Huntsville when he was a sophomore. In Craig’s sophomore year he made his first start on varsity and beat the #1 team in the state! Craig went on to have a very successful high school career and in his last at bat hit a HR. In 2006, Craig accepted a scholarship to Wallace State in AL after high school. In 2007, after his first season at Wallace, the Atlanta Braves drafted Craig in the 33rd round. Craig decided to go back to school for his sophomore year. This proved to be a wise decision as he was redrafted by the Braves the following year but this time in the 3rd round!
In Craig’s first year with the Braves organization he flew through 3 levels from rookie ball to high A. In Craig’s second year with the club he went through 4 levels all the way up to AAA. On May 5, 2010 the Atlanta Braves called up Craig. Craig made his major league debut on May 7, 2010 against the formidable line-up of the Philadelphia Phillies and recorded 2 K’s.
Craig thrives pitching in those pressure filled environments. He cites coming in and getting the team out of a no out bases loaded jam against the Royals as one of his highlights so far. He also felt a big moment came in the playoffs against the Giants when he pitched 2 scoreless innings and the Braves came back and won the game.
Craig was born May 28, 1988 in Huntsville, AL and still resides there. Craig’s parents Mike and Sandy have always supported Craig in all his endeavors. Craig’s brothers, Matt and Alan also share his passion for baseball. When not playing ball Craig likes to spend time with his family. He also enjoys golfing and fishing in his spare time.