Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants SS

H/W:  6-2  200 lb.     B/T:  L/R     DOB:  1/21/87

The Giants selected the former UCLA Bruin in the 4th round of the 2008 draft.  After a junior season that saw him hit .302 with 7 HR 51 RBI and 11 SB, he has turned up his production a notch as a member of the San Jose Giants by hitting .395 with 3 HR 8 RBI and 10 runs scored in his first 12 games.  Crawford has good size and strength for a shortstop with excellent pull power and above average speed.  He had some problems with getting pull happy as a collegiate player, and he is currently averaging about a strikeout per game with San Jose.  Defensively, Crawford has decent range and good arm strength, though there are some concerns that he has apexed physically and may lose a step or two in the next few seasons.  Last season's struggles with the Bruins seemed to affect his confidence on both offense and defense, but his quick start this season serves as evidence that he has put that behind him and is allowing his natural abilities to dictate his performance.  He is a heady player who competes well and carries a cerebral approach to all aspects of his game.

2009 Projection: Crawford should play most or all of the season at High-A San Jose alongside mega-talents like Buster Posey, Angel Villalona, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Alderson, Connor Gillaspie, and Nick Noonan.  Crawford has enough talent and polish to be a starting shortstop at the major league level within the next two seasons, but there is still some work to do.  His strikeout rate is too high and he has yet to show an ability to put up a respectable BB/K ratio since he first set foot on UCLA's campus.  The grind of a major league season has multiple periods of highs and lows and there has already been criticism of his ability to play with a high level of confidence during slumping periods.  If he can move beyond this, he is a 15-20 HR hitter with double digit steal potential.  Currently, Emmanuel Burriss is the only viable SS prospect ahead of him on San Francisco's organizational depth chart and current Giants SS Edgar Renteria really has just two or three more productive seasons left.  Crawford is someone to watch in an organization that is rapidly becoming one of baseball's best and brightest.

Key Brandon Crawford Baseball Cards:

  • 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft
  • 2008 Razor Signature Series Auto #/699
  • 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Auto #/719
  • 2008 Donruss Prime Cuts Auto #/249
  • 2008 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket SP Auto

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One comment on “Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants SS

  1. Nice report on Crawford, I really like him.

    Can you do a report on Jordany Valdespin 2B/SS from the A ball Mets (Savannah)?
    He seems to be a similar player to Crawford, except he Ks at less than 10% of the time.

    Thanks, Jose.

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