Brandon Crawford
Brandon Crawford
34-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Francisco Giants
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Granted, it was only two months, but Crawford rebounded from a down 2019 with one the most productive seasons of his career, uncovering power he hadn't displayed since 2015. The combination of hitting the ball harder and with more loft did the trick, albeit at the expense of the highest strikeout rate of his career. Crawford's defense also improved from the season prior, but nowhere near the level exhibited five years ago. Crawford will be on the last season of his contract and should once again be the Giants' starting shortstop, though there is a chance he could be moved in-season. Even with the rebound, Crawford's production doesn't merit mixed-league consideration, but the volume is still useful in NL-only leagues. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#555
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$Signed a six-year, $75 million contract extension with the Giants in November of 2015.
Launches another homer
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 5, 2021
Crawford went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, two walks, a stolen base and two runs scored during Wednesday's 6-5 loss at Colorado.
ANALYSIS
The 34-year-old was incredibly productive during the three-game set at Coors Field, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, five walks, a stolen base, four RBI and four runs. Crawford has a .244/.337/.500 slash line with six home runs and three stolen bases through 26 games in 2021.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+72%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .602 207 21 3 14 1 .223 .275 .326
Since 2019vs Right .739 635 77 22 87 6 .241 .324 .415
2021vs Left .545 22 3 2 5 0 .136 .136 .409
2021vs Right .939 67 11 4 9 3 .286 .403 .536
2020vs Left .642 37 4 0 0 0 .226 .351 .290
2020vs Right .824 156 22 8 28 1 .262 .321 .504
2019vs Left .598 148 14 1 9 1 .236 .277 .321
2019vs Right .674 412 44 10 50 2 .225 .313 .361
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+23%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .628 423 39 9 29 3 .212 .300 .328
Since 2019Away .774 415 58 15 70 4 .259 .325 .449
2021Home .848 35 6 3 8 0 .219 .286 .563
2021Away .827 54 8 3 6 3 .261 .370 .457
2020Home .741 104 14 4 9 0 .218 .327 .414
2020Away .823 85 11 3 17 1 .296 .329 .494
2019Home .561 284 19 2 12 3 .209 .292 .269
2019Away .748 276 39 9 47 0 .247 .315 .433
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Stat Review
How does Brandon Crawford compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
11.2%
 
K Rate
22.5%
 
BABIP
.250
 
ISO
.256
 
AVG
.244
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.837
 
wOBA
.362
 
Exit Velocity
81.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.6%
 
Barrels/PA
7.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For a few years, Crawford shed the all-glove, no-stick label, combining Gold Glove defense with ample offensive production to be fantasy relevant. Now, both are in question. To be fair, Crawford's defense is still an asset; it's just below the bar set in his salad days. Numbers at the dish are the bigger concern for fantasy enthusiasts. Again though, to be fair, Crawford's underlying metrics weren't too different from 2018; he just didn't enjoy the same level of outcomes, especially with respect to batting average. A BABIP 21 points below his career mark was the culprit. His xBA was higher than his actual average but still well below the norm, particularly for a shortstop, the strongest overall hitting position. Entering his age-33 season, Crawford could incur a reversal of fortune and improve his average, but minimal power and even less speed render him irrelevant in all but the deepest of formats.
Crawford has been incredibly consistent the past few seasons, with a couple exceptions. He had one year where his 21 homers were a surprise, and another where his .275 batting average exceeded expectations. We can pretty much pencil Crawford in with a baseline of 14 homers, 120 runs-plus-RBI, a .255 batting average, and hope for some more of that random variance to repeat itself. He has had a career run of being serviceable against lefties in even-numbered years followed by struggles in odd-numbered years. He has also been below-average offensively against right-handed pitching each of the past two seasons. Baseball projections are not linear, but those are two trends to keep in mind for a shortstop who is a compiler more than a producer. Thankfully, his outstanding defense will keep him in the lineup on a daily basis.
Crawford is a fine player, but he's better in real life than in fantasy and he's probably not going to find another level to his game. He walked just 7.4 percent of the time last season (down from 9.1 percent) and gave a little back in terms of contact, leading to a 37-point drop in OBP and 26-point drop in wOBA (.301 wOBA, .312 xwoBA). While he hit for a little more power, 2015 looks very much like the outlier in that regard (16.2 percent HR/FB in 2015, 8.4 percent for career). Crawford was successful on just three of eight stolen-base attempts last season, and while speed was never a big part of his game, he may be a zero in that category moving forward. He also took a step back against lefties (.239/.295/.366). Crawford will continue to play everyday regardless given his strong defense, but he lacks standout offensive skills and plays in a pitcher's park, so he's unlikely to be a big needle mover.
While Crawford did not replicate the 21 homers from his 2015 breakout campaign, the All-Star shortstop matched his RBI total (84) and exceeded his totals in runs and triples all while improving his slash line to a career-best .275/.342/.430. The regression in home runs coupled with the emergence of a crop of young fantasy stars at the shortstop position kept Crawford's excellent season under the radar. While he may not reach 21 home runs again -- a 16.2 percent HR/FB in 2015 declined to a more normal 7.5 percent last season -- most of his other statistical measures were in line with his career. There's no reason to think that he can't replicate last year's numbers hitting in the heart of the Giants' batting order.
Crawford came into the year as a glove-first shortstop who had limited fantasy appeal. He broke the mold in 2015, leading all shortstops with 21 homers and 84 RBI in what was one of the biggest fantasy surprises of the year. What sticks out when comparing Crawford's 2015 season to the rest of his career is his 16.2% HR/FB rate from 2015 (previous career-high of 7.0%). This appears to be an outlier and should raise red flags when trying to evaluate whether or not he can repeat his power going forward. But if we dig deeper, we can see that his career-high 76.1 Z-Swing% (percentage of pitches swung at in the strike zone) resulted in a 73.6 percent contact rate, which was on par with his career averages. This tells us that Crawford was better at identifying pitches in the strike zone and attacking them more aggressively than he had in the past. His approach seems sustainable, and another 20-homer campaign isn’t out of the question.
Crawford turned in his best offensive season for the Giants in 2014, posting a career-high .713 OPS on the strength of 40 extra-base hits and a career-high walk rate (10.5%). Interestingly enough, he didn't hit right-handed pitching well at all, posting a .213/.291/.346 line while raking against lefties (.320/.395/.484) in a reverse platoon split atypical of his career norms. Defensively, he's a perennial Gold Glove candidate at shortstop, but he's fallen short of winning the award over three full seasons as a starter. At age 28, he's likely nearing a plateau in his ability as a hitter, but having an everyday job in a steady lineup should continue to afford him plenty of runs scored and RBI as a cheap middle-infield filler, or even as a shortstop for owners who choose to allocate resources elsewhere on draft day.
Crawford got off to a red-hot start in 2013 (.272 average, five homers, 14 RBI in April) and many had him pegged for a breakout campaign. His power surge ceased, however, as he only clubbed four homers the rest of the season. Crawford did see slight improvements in his strikeout rate (17.5%), walk rate (7.6%), and ISO (.114) from his 2012 numbers. At age 27, there is room for some more improvement with the bat, but it would be wise to keep expectations in check for the Giants' glove-first shortstop.
Crawford appeared in 143 games for the Giants (476 plate appearances) splitting time with Joaquin Arias throughout the year, but became the full-time starter for the Giants down the stretch. Crawford will be the starting shortstop heading into 2013 because of the strength of his glove. His bat played better than expected (.248/.304/.349), but his career 4.4 percent HR/FB rate indicates he is not likely to hit more than seven home runs in a full season. In addition, his 11.7 percent swinging-strike rate might lead to a higher strikeout rate next season and therefore a lower batting average.
Crawford posted a .204/.288/.296 line over 196 at-bats during his first taste of the majors last season as a 24-year-old. His minor league numbers weren’t anything special, as he offers very little power with not much speed. However, he’s a terrific defender at shortstop, and while it’s hardly an ideal situation, the Giants are going to give him every opportunity to be the team’s starter at the position in 2012. Crawford’s glove will help San Francisco’s pitching staff, but his bat is unlikely to do so for fantasy teams.
After posting a 1.045 OPS over 105 at-bats High-A San Jose last season, Crawford struggled upon getting called up to Double-A Connecticut, recording a .654 OPS, with a 100:20 K:BB ratio over 392 at-bats. He’s a middling shortstop prospect in the Giants’ system and is unlikely to see much time in San Francisco in 2010.
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Sitting after productive Game 1
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 4, 2021
Crawford is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Rockies, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Ready to go for doubleheader
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 4, 2021
Crawford (calf) will start at shortstop and bat fifth Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader with the Rockies, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
SSSan Francisco Giants
Calf
May 2, 2021
Crawford (calf) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Not starting Saturday
SSSan Francisco Giants
Calf
May 1, 2021
Crawford (calf) will sit Saturday against the Padres, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Dealing with left calf contusion
SSSan Francisco Giants
Calf
May 1, 2021
Crawford suffered a left calf contusion in Friday's loss to the Padres, Mark W. Sanchez of KNBR 680 San Francisco reports.
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