You gotta love Allen Craig. There’s just something about him that makes him a like-able guy. Maybe it’s because he bashed 26 home runs in Memphis last season and led the team with a .322 average. Yeah, that probably created the bandwagon.
No doubt about it, the man can hit the ball. Problem is, I don’t think he’s quite cut out for the big leagues just yet. He’s only 25 and has time to figure things out, but I think spending some more time in Memphis is the best thing for him at this point. I know it has been a very small sample size (1 hit in 15 at bats) but don’t you think it’s time to give another youngster a shot?
Say, maybe, Jon Jay who has been in AAA for the past three seasons? I definitely think he is ready for the next level. So far this season, Jay is hitting .350 with two home runs, 15 runs, 10 runs batted in, seven stolen bases, and a .431 on-base percentage. Talk about a hot start. In 2009, the prospect outfielder hit .281, scored 71 times, and stole 20 bases. The only player that had more runs, hits, doubles, and total bases in Memphis last season was… well… Allen Craig.
Just something to think about. This season is obviously still very young, but here’s the thing: Craig is not helping our team. Jay is on fire right now and very experienced. He is the most MLB-ready player on the Redbirds roster and deserves a shot. Why the hell not?