Brandon Crawford
Brandon Crawford
32-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $75 million contract extension with the Giants in November of 2015.
Back in action
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 25, 2019
Crawford will return to the lineup Saturday against Arizona following a two-game absence while battling pink eye, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Crawford is hitting .161 over his last nine games. He'll bat eighth and play shortstop Saturday.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .712 422 45 9 47 2 .262 .315 .396
Since 2017vs Right .686 927 94 22 96 6 .240 .307 .378
2019vs Left .655 56 5 0 2 1 .278 .304 .352
2019vs Right .529 129 13 3 10 0 .168 .264 .265
2018vs Left .765 210 25 6 21 0 .274 .333 .432
2018vs Right .693 384 38 8 33 4 .243 .320 .372
2017vs Left .661 156 15 3 24 1 .239 .295 .366
2017vs Right .727 414 43 11 53 2 .258 .309 .418
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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Since 2017Home .719 666 69 15 75 5 .254 .321 .397
Since 2017Away .670 683 70 16 68 3 .240 .299 .371
2019Home .510 95 7 2 3 1 .176 .263 .247
2019Away .630 90 11 1 9 0 .232 .289 .341
2018Home .745 293 32 7 26 2 .261 .331 .414
2018Away .693 301 31 7 28 2 .248 .319 .374
2017Home .762 278 30 6 46 2 .274 .331 .431
2017Away .659 292 28 8 31 1 .233 .281 .378
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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 this season's data (min 100 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Remains out Friday
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 24, 2019
Crawford (eye) isn't in Friday's starting lineup against the Diamondbacks, Maria I. Guardado of reports.
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Battling pink eye
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 23, 2019
Crawford's absence from Thursday's game against the Braves was due to conjunctivitis (pink eye), John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Day off Thursday
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 23, 2019
Crawford is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Provides only offense
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 20, 2019
Crawford went 2-for-3 with a solo homer in Monday's 4-1 loss to Atlanta.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
SSSan Francisco Giants
May 19, 2019
Crawford is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Arizona, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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