On January 18th, the Miami Marlins released Karl Craigie, their 34th round draft pick in 2017, and last seen in the Valley pitching for Charles Town in 2014.
For the first time since ATVL starting tracking such things (2006), a major league organization is without a single representative from the Valley League. In 2018, the Marlins had Eric Campbell (Luray 2006) and Drew Rucinski (Luray 2008-2010) as well, but Campbell signed with the Oakland A’s and Rucinski is still a free agent. So after Craigie’s release, the Marlins are left with none! (The Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets are down to one each, by the way.)
Craigie, who attended Texas San Antonio, went 0-1, 1.97 in 13 2/3 innings for the Cannons five years ago, with a 1.752 WHIP, 8.5 BB/9, and 8.5 K/9.
After he was drafted, the 6-foot-1 lefty pitched only 37 2/3 pro innings, with most of them at the Marlins’ Gulf Coast League affiliate. In those innings, he went 5-2, 3.82, with a 1.381 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, and 9.8 K/9.