Brandon Crawford, Shortstop, San Francisco Giants, #35


Date of Birth: 1/21/1987
Birthplace: Mountain View, California
College: UCLA
Current Salary: $8,200,000

Brandon Crawford, shortstop for the San Francisco Giants, was drafted by the Giants in 2008. He played in the minor leagues until 2011, when he was called up to the Giants to play in 66 games with them.

In 2012, his first full season in the major leagues, Crawford batted .248 with 108 hits and 26 doubles in 143 games. He had similar numbers in 2013, with 124 hits, 24 doubles, and a .248 batting average in 149 games.

Crawford finished the 2014 season with 121 hits, 20 doubles, 69 RBIs, and a .246 batting average in 153 games. He had the same average in the postseason after getting 15 hits, 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 9 RBIs in 61 at-bats in 17 games.

Crawford and the Giants agreed to a one-year, $3.175 million contract on January 27, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 130 hits, 33 doubles, 31 home runs, 84 RBIs, and a .256 batting average. He won his first Silver Slugger award in 2015.

Crawford's fielding at shortstop in 2015 earned him his first Gold Glove award. In 140 games, he made 427 assists, 89 double plays, 191 putouts, and 13 errors and he had a .979 fielding percentage.

Crawford signed a six-year contract with the Giants on November 17, 2015. He had a good year in 2016, with career highs in batting average (.275), hits (152), and RBIs (84). He also had 28 doubles and 12 home runs in 155 games. Defensively, he was strong, winning his second consecutive Gold Glove. As the Giants' shortstop, he made 413 assists, 90 double plays, 209 putouts, and 11 errors. In postseason play, he batted .250 with 5 hits, including 3 doubles, and 1 RBI in 20 at-bats in 5 games.

Career batting statistics for Crawford through 2016 include:

  • 809 games played
  • 675 hits
  • 136 doubles
  • 346 RBIs
  • 585 strikeouts to 253 walks
  • .252 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Crawford at shortstop through 2016 include:

  • 795 games played
  • 2,217 assists
  • 442 double plays
  • 1,039 putouts
  • 85 errors
  • .975 fielding percentage

Personal Life

Crawford married his wife Jalynne on November 26, 2011. They have two daughters.

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Brandon Crawford
ESPN - Brandon Crawford