Brandon Crawford

Brandon Crawford

37-Year-Old ShortstopSS
St. Louis Cardinals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Cardinals in February of 2024.
No longer starting at third
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
June 18, 2024
Crawford will start at shortstop and bat seventh Tuesday versus the Marlins, Lynn Worthy of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
ANALYSIS
Crawford was originally slated to make his first career start at third base, but with Masyn Winn (illness) being a late scratch Tuesday, Crawford will slot in at shortstop, his career-long position. The 37-year-old has appeared in two games in June, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .630 198 20 5 28 0 .225 .284 .346
Since 2022vs Right .614 651 66 12 65 4 .207 .293 .321
2024vs Left .422 10 0 0 1 0 .111 .200 .222
2024vs Right .562 61 5 1 2 0 .170 .279 .283
2023vs Left .599 70 8 2 11 0 .215 .261 .338
2023vs Right .583 250 23 5 27 3 .188 .276 .307
2022vs Left .666 118 12 3 16 0 .241 .305 .361
2022vs Right .647 340 38 6 36 1 .227 .309 .338
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+231%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .563 404 34 7 37 3 .188 .285 .278
Since 2022Away .667 445 52 10 56 1 .233 .297 .370
2024Home .235 31 0 0 1 0 .037 .161 .074
2024Away .779 40 5 1 2 0 .257 .350 .429
2023Home .554 159 14 4 18 2 .176 .252 .303
2023Away .620 161 17 3 20 1 .213 .294 .326
2022Home .617 214 20 3 18 1 .219 .327 .290
2022Away .679 244 30 6 34 0 .241 .291 .388
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
11.3%
 
K Rate
29.6%
 
BABIP
.225
 
ISO
.113
 
AVG
.161
 
OBP
.268
 
SLG
.274
 
OPS
.542
 
wOBA
.252
 
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.3%
 
Barrels/PA
2.8%
 
Expected BA
.209
 
Expected SLG
.305
 
Sprint Speed
21.3 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
46.3%
 
Line Drive %
19.5%
 
Fly Ball %
34.1%
 
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Crawford is in the final year of his most recent deal with San Franciso, the only organization he has ever known since geing taken in the 4th round of the 2008 draft. The perennial defensive wizard was not able to repeat his surprise offensive season of 2021, but rather fell back to his below-average offensive years of 2017-2019 as the taxes of playing a high profile defensive position begin to pile up on him. Crawford did miss some time with knee inflammation in the summer and his offense somewhat recovered upon his return as he hit .256/.324/.363 after his return compared to .215/297/.332 before going to the IL. The plate discipline skills are as stable as ever but the outcomes which surprised all of us in 2021 clearly look like a one-last gasp outlier more than any kind of new norm for him. It briefly appeared Crawford would be moving to third base in 2023, but he'll remain at shortstop since Carlos Correa's megadeal with the Giants fell through.
Crawford has not yet received the memo that shortstops are supposed to age poorly into their mid-30s and move off the position. All he did in 2021 was have his best ever offensive season with career bests in every single counting category as well as batting average, OBP and SLG. He even led the league in best hair by an infielder. His improvement was not as much as him doing better versus lefties, as he was still below league average in that split, but he was out of his mind against righties with a 156 wRC+ and a .319/.401/.560 slash line. His previous best against righties was a 120 wRC+ back in 2015. He did all this while adding more walks into his game and returning his strikeout rate to where it was pre-pandemic. Eventually, Father Time is going to win this battle, but in the meantime, Crawford has fully embraced Oracle Park's new profile and is now a game changer at the plate as well as in the field.
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.
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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Making first-ever start at third
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
June 18, 2024
Crawford (hamstring) will start at third base and bat eighth in Tuesday's game in Miami.
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Dealing with hamstring cramp
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
June 16, 2024
The Cardinals announced that Crawford was removed from Sunday's 2-1 win over the Cubs in the eighth inning due to a left hamstring cramp, John Denton of MLB.com reports.
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Lifted early with leg injury
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
Hamstring
June 16, 2024
Crawford was removed from Sunday's game against the Cubs in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent left hamstring injury, John Denton of MLB.com reports. He went 1-for-1 with a double, two walks and a run scored before departing.
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Slugs homer Friday
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
May 31, 2024
Crawford went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Phillies.
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Drawing rare start
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
May 31, 2024
Crawford will start at shortstop and bat eighth in Friday's game versus the Phillies.
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Hoped for return to San Francisco
SSSt. Louis Cardinals
March 22, 2024
According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, Crawford said shortly after signing with the Cardinals in late February that Giants president Farhan Zaidi had no interest in re-signing him. The veteran shortstop is also dealing with a hand injury after a hit by pitch but could return to game action this weekend.
ANALYSIS
Crawford naturally wanted to return to the Giants for his 14th MLB season and was willing to accept a reduced role, but Zaidi didn't believe the fit was right to bring him back on a guaranteed deal. The 37-year-old is poised to fill a bench job for the Cardinals, and he should also serve as a mentor to rookie shortstop Masyn Winn. Crawford isn't likely to see enough playing time to be fantasy relevant in 2024, and his .625 OPS over the past two seasons presents limited upside anyway.
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