THIS YEAR: One of the best freshmen in the country last season, Craig is ready to take another leap forward as a 2000 sophomore ... He will start at catcher this season after splitting time between catcher and third base last season ... Craig is an outstanding defensive catcher with a cannon-like arm and also possesses great skills with the bat ... He is a postseason honors candidate.
MIKE GILLESPIE SAYS: Beau has demonstrated to us that he is a complete catcher and can be among the very best defensive players in the nation at the position. He has great hands, blocks well and throws exceptionally. He is very good from both sides of the plate and can hit for power.
1999: Craig lived up to his billing as one of the nation's top freshmen, batting .319 with four home runs and 50 RBI ... He earned Freshman All-American first team honors (from Baseball America) and honorable mention acclaim (from Collegiate Baseball), as well as All-Pac-10 honorable mention notice ... He began the season at third base, moved to catcher when Eric Munson was injured and went back to third base for the postseason ... Overall, he had 32 starts at third base and 25 at catcher ... Beau was named to the NCAA All-Los Angeles Regional team, batting .375 (6-for-16) with one home run and four RBI (May 28-30) ... He went 2-for-3 with his first collegiate home run and five RBI against UC Santa Barbara (April 13), had a 4-for-5 effort at Washington State (March 27) and was 3-for-4 with three extra-base hits and three RBI against Pepperdine (April 27) ... He batted .329 (27-for-82) in Pac-10 play ... He had 14 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games ... He batted .700 (7-for-10) against Washington and .556 (5-for-9) against Washington State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Among the honors that Craig earned after his 1998 senior season at Grossmont High in La Mesa, Calif., were selections to the Louisville Slugger TPX, Baseball America (second team), ABCA (third team) and USA Today (honorable mention) prep All-American teams ... Cal-Hi Sports put him on the 1998 All-State team and the 1997 All-State Underclassman team ... He was a two-time (1997-98) All-County, All-CIF Division I and All-Grossmont North League first teamer ... Beau was the San Diego County Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 ... As a 1998 senior, he batted .463 with 12 home runs, 39 RBI and 14 stolen bases ... In his four-year career, he batted .381 with 42 doubles, 23 home runs, 131 RBI and 26 stolen bases ... Grossmont made the CIF finals three times and won the championship his junior year ... He was a two-time (1996-97) Area Code Games participant with the 619 Padres, a member of the Team One National Showcase and took part in the USA Junior National Team trials in 1997.
PERSONAL: Beau was a third-round draft pick of the San Diego Padres in the 1998 professional draft ... During the summer of 1999, he played for the Chatham A's in the Cape Cod League ... His brother, Benny, played three seasons at UCLA (1994-96) and one year at Loyola Marymount (1997) ... Craig plans to major in business at USC ... He enjoys golf and fishing ... He lists Pete Rose, Lenny Dykstra and Kirk Gibson as his baseball heroes because they played baseball harder than anyone else ... His birthdate is Feb. 12, 1979.