Brandon Crawford
Brandon Crawford
31-Year-Old ShortstopSS
San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $75 million contract extension with the Giants in November of 2015.
Out of lineup Tuesday
SSSan Francisco Giants
September 18, 2018
Crawford is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Crawford finds himself on the bench following a string of eight consecutive starts during which he slashed .226/.226/.323 with a homer and a stolen base. Kelby Tomlinson is starting at shortstop and batting leadoff in his place.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .714 548 51 12 65 2 .263 .318 .396
Since 2016vs Right .742 1201 132 27 148 12 .261 .326 .417
2018vs Left .757 196 23 6 21 0 .268 .321 .436
2018vs Right .692 360 35 7 31 4 .248 .319 .373
2017vs Left .661 156 15 3 24 1 .239 .295 .366
2017vs Right .727 414 43 11 53 2 .258 .309 .418
2016vs Left .713 196 13 3 20 1 .276 .332 .381
2016vs Right .801 427 54 9 64 6 .274 .347 .454
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+10%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .775 874 98 17 120 6 .275 .343 .431
Since 2016Away .688 871 84 21 92 8 .247 .302 .386
2018Home .749 273 30 7 26 2 .264 .326 .423
2018Away .666 279 27 5 25 2 .243 .312 .355
2017Home .762 278 30 6 46 2 .274 .331 .431
2017Away .659 292 28 8 31 1 .233 .281 .378
2016Home .807 323 38 4 48 2 .284 .368 .439
2016Away .735 300 29 8 36 5 .265 .313 .422
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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.
BB/K
0.39
 
BB Rate
7.9%
 
K Rate
20.5%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.140
 
AVG
.255
 
OBP
.321
 
SLG
.395
 
OPS
.717
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Drives in run Tuesday
SSSan Francisco Giants
September 12, 2018
Crawford went 2-for-4 with the Giants' lone RBI in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to Atlanta.
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Returns to lineup Sunday
SSSan Francisco Giants
September 9, 2018
Crawford (knee) will start at shortstop and bat cleanup Sunday against the Brewers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Comes off bench
SSSan Francisco Giants
Knee
September 9, 2018
Crawford (knee) drew a walk off the bench in Saturday's loss to the Brewers.
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Out again Saturday
SSSan Francisco Giants
September 8, 2018
Crawford is out of the lineup for the third straight game Saturday against the Brewers.
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Sits for second straight
SSSan Francisco Giants
September 7, 2018
Crawford is out of the lineup for the second straight game Friday against the Brewers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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