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35 Brandon Crawford SS
Height/Weight: 6-2/215 | Birthdate: 1/21/1987 | Birthplace: Mountain View, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: San Francisco | College: UCLA | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $530,000 | Owned/Started%: 87/80 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Giants SS Brandon Crawford takes a seat Thursday vs. Dodgers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is being held out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Dodgers. Crawford has been red-hot at the plate, batting .432 over his last 10 games. But he has just one hit in 18 career at-bats against Dodgers' starter Clayton Kershaw. 

So, after starting each of the last eight games, Crawford will take a seat in favor of Joaquin Arias on Thursday. Crawford should be back in the lineup on Friday. 


Giants SS Brandon Crawford: 'I'm feeling good'


(5/21/2015) Brandon Crawford has become a weapon within the Giants' offense, no matter who the opposing pitchers are.

Crawford, who has historically been better against left-handed pitchers, is hitting .265 against right-handed pitchers. He is still dominating lefties, hitting .414 with 2 home runs and seven RBI in 29 at-bats.

"I'm feeling good against lefties and righties right now," Crawford said. "That, along with being aggressive with pitches I like in the zone, that's been working for me. I feel good, but I'm not really focusing on what I've done the past week or tonight. Tomorrow is a new day."

The shortstop is on a five-game hitting streak, hitting .524/.545/.762 with a home run and nine RBI in 21 at-bats. 


Giants SS Brandon Crawford crushes grand slam, piles six RBI


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 3 for 5 at the plate in San Francisco's 11-2 win over the Reds on Saturday.

Crawford did his damage in the fifth inning when he crushed a grand slam off of Mike Leake, the third of his career. Crawford totaled a career-high six RBI in the game, the first time a Giants player has done so since 2013. 

"He's so gifted defensively, but he's underrated as a hitter," manager Bruce Bochy said to MLB.com.

"Look at the numbers. He's a very productive hitter who finds a way to get the runs in. He seems to have great focus up there with men on base. He's dangerous, too. He can hit the ball out of the park, as you saw. He's a good baserunner. He's just a good all-around ballplayer."

Crawford moved his average to .277 with 24 RBI in 120 at-bats this season.


Giants rest Posey, Crawford, Pagan Sunday vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Giants catcher Buster Posey, shortstop Brandon Crawford and center fielder Angel Pagan are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.

Second baseman Joe Panik will serve as the team's No. 3 hitter, a slot that normally features Pagan, while shortstop Matt Duffy will slot into Panik's regular No. 2 spot. First baseman Brandon Belt has been bumped to the cleanup role.

The Giants are a coin flip (-105) against the Marlins Sunday.


Giants' Bochy on Panik and Crawford: 'It's fun to watch those two'


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Giants skipper Bruce Bochy is loving what he's getting from shortstop Brandon Crawford and second baseman Joe Panik, both in the field and at the plate. 

"It's fun to watch those two go, how they work together," Bochy said Tuesday, per MLB.com. "Craw is so gifted, and Joe Panik has made so much improvement defensively. They're so solid out there, offensively and defensively. They make the routine plays, and when you need a double play, they turn it as well as anybody."

The two continued their offensive prowess in Tuesday's victory over the Padres. Crawford, who was moved up to the fifth spot in the batting order, reached safely in all four of his plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. This was his third mult-hit performance in his last six games.

Panik, meanwhile, hit a solo home run, his second of the year, in the fifth inning. He went 1-for-4 on the evening. He has hit safely in four of his last five games.

"We have a great relationship," Panik said. "He makes my job easier -- just a great guy to play with. When you first get called up, a lot of emotions are running through you, the typical butterflies. The game tends to beat up on you. Then you look over at Brandon, and everything's fine.


Giants SS Brandon Crawford continues production Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has 18 hits this season, but continued to make the most of them in a Saturday defeat of the Angels.

Crawford singled and scored in the second, then slugged his fifth home run, a solo job in the third, to give his team a 3-1 lead. He has 11 runs and 12 RBI in 72 at-bats in 2015 despite batting eighth in the lineup nearly all year.


Giants' Crawford returns to lineup, hits home run Wednesday


(4/30/2015) After getting the day off on Tuesday, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford returned to the lineup on Wednesday with a bang. Crawford went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double and a two-run home run, as the Giants fell to the Dodgers 7-3. It was Crawford's fourth longball of the season.

Crawford has a slash line of .345/.472/.690, with two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored over his last 10 games.  


Giants' Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford back in the lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Giants second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford are back in the starting lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers, the team announced.

Panik has altered starts with Matt Duffy for the last four games, with Wednesday being Panik's second start in four games. Panik is hitting .296 in 71 at-bats this season. Crawford got just his second day off the season Tuesday with Joaquin Arias getting the start.

Crawford is hitting .215 in 65 at-bats this season.


Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford cranks third home run Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 1 for 4 at the plate in San Francisco's 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks Saturday. 

Crawford did his damage in the fourth inning when he ripped the first pitch he saw from Rubby De La Rosa over the right field wall, driving in Gregor Blanco. His home run came on a changeup, a pitch he seeing more frequently this season, MLB.com reports.

"I've been making the adjustment to be able to hit those pitches," Crawford said.

It was Crawford's third home run of the year and now has eight RBI with a .163 average.


Giants SS Crawford finally breaks out with Thursday blast


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford took out a lot of frustration Thursday night at the plate with a two-run homer against Arizona that cut his team's deficit to 4-3. After all, he was hitless in his previous 24 at-bats.

Crawford, who also walked twice in the San Francisco defeat, managed to sweeten his slash line on the season to .167/.268/.333.


Giants SS Brandon Crawford connects for first 2015 home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford homered during a 7-6 loss Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

Crawford connected for a solo home run off Rubby De La Rosa in the sixth inning for his only hit in four at-bats. He is batting .375 (3 for 8) with one home run and two RBI through two games.

During spring training, Crawford hit .262 with no home runs, one triple, five doubles and five RBI in 22 games.


Giants left fielder Norichika Aoki batting lead off Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Giants Opening Day lineup will go left fielder Norichika Aoki, second baseman Joe Panik, center fielder Angel Pagan, catcher Buster Posey, first baseman Brandon Belt, third baseman Casey McGehee, shortstop Brandon Crawford, right fielder Gregor Blanco and pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

It was uncertain where Aoki would be slotted in the lineup with manager Bruce Bochy experimenting with him leading off during spring training.


Giants' Brandon Crawford cleared to start Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has been cleared to start and will make his debut in the field Wednesday, reports CSN Bay Area. Crawford is dealing with a sore shoulder, but was able to complete a workout on Friday. He played in Friday's game as a designated hitter.

Giants' Brandon Crawford to play on Monday or Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Giants infielder Brandon Crawford should play the field on Monday or Tuesday, according to CSN.

Crawford is dealing with a sore shoulder, but was able to get through a full workout on Friday. He played during Friday's game, but was used as the designated hitter. Crawford, 28, hit .246/.324/.389 over 491 at-bats last season. 


Giants' Crawford won't play in field until next week due to sore shoulder


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will DH during Wednesday's spring game against the Athletics because of a sore right shoulder. He is not expected to play in the field until next week.

Crawford said this injury is not serious and he had a similar issue last year. He plans to start throwing again Friday.

Manager Bruce Bochy has talked about giving Crawford more time off in 2015, per SFGate.com.

"He mentioned it last year, especially in the second half," Crawford said. "He said he played me a lot in the first half and in the second half he was going to try to find more days for me to get off. He said we're also trying to get to the playoffs and win the division."


Giants GM expecting 'All-Star-type season' from Brandon Crawford


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) While Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford had career highs in runs (54), triples (10), home runs (10) and RBI (69) in 2014, he still only hit .246 in 153 games. Crawford really struggled against right-handed pitchers, batting .213 as opposed to .320 against lefties.

Still, the Giants appear hopeful Crawford could be an impact player in 2015, per MLB.com.

"We really feel he's coming into his own," general manager Brian Sabean said, declaring that he envisions "an All-Star-type season" from Crawford.


Belt, Posey, Pence to hit 3-4-5 in Giants' expected lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Giants manager Bruce Bochy outlined the plans he has for the batting order in 2015, per the San Francisco Chronicle.

He expects Angel Pagan to hit leadoff. He will be followed by Joe Panik, Brandon Belt, Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Casey McGehee, Norichika Aoki and Brandon Crawford. The pitcher will hit ninth.


Giants SS Brandon Crawford agrees to $3.175M salary for 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The Giants and shortstop Brandon Crawford avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to a $3.175 million salary for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Crawford, who is in his first year of arbitration, made $560,000 in 2014.

Crawford just finished his fourth season in the majors and third full season in 2014. He had career highs in triples (10), home runs (10), runs (54), RBI (69), walks (59) and games played (153).


Report: Giants' Brandon Crawford files for $3.95 million


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has filed for $3.95 million in arbitration, with the team offering $2.4 million, Fangraphs reports.

Crawford is in his first year of arbitration eligibility but has already been part of two World Series championship teams. He hit .246/.324/.389 with 10 home runs and 69 RBI in 491 at-bats in 2014.


Giants tender contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Giants have tendered contracts to all six arbitration-eligible players, per the team's official website on Tuesday. Those players include: Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Gregor Blanco, Hector Sanchez, Travis Ishikawa and Yusmeiro Petit.

Brandon Crawford becomes first SS with postseason grand slam


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 1 for 5 with a grand slam in his team's 8-0 wild-card win over the Pirates Wednesday.

After the Giants loaded the bases in the fourth inning with two singles and a walk, Crawford deposited a ball over the right-field fence to break a scoreless tie. He became the first shortstop in postseason history to swat a grand slam. Grand slams are nothing new to Crawford, as he's collected three while hitting 27 career home runs (postseason included). The blast was all starter Madison Bumgarner would need, as he coasted to a complete-game shutout. The Giants open the National League Division Series Friday in Washington against the Nationals.


Brandon Crawford homers, drives in three runs Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford went 2 for 3 with a walk, a double, a home run and three RBI in his team's 9-0 win over the Dodgers Friday.

The Giants closed the gap with the division-leading Dodgers to one game thanks in part to Crawford, who doubled home the final run in a four-run first inning before slugging a two-run home run in the fifth. He has hit .238/.320/.381 with nine home runs and 62 RBI in 446 at-bats.


Brandon Crawford back in action Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who sat out with a shoulder issue on Thursday, returned to the starting lineup Friday night against Milwaukee, per the Bay Area News Group.

Brandon Crawford dealing with shoulder issue, out Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was scratched from the lineup for the second day in a row Thursday against the Rockies, due to a right shoulder that "has been bugging me pretty good the last four or five day," he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Crawford was also out of the lineup Wednesday, and it is not clear when he is expected back. It seems like he could play through the injury, but it is affected his throwing right now. 


Struggling Brandon Crawford catching a break this weekend


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Bruce Bochy has taken slumping Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford out of the lineup Saturday and will do so again Sunday to clear his head, per the San Jose Mercury News.

Crawford has just two hits in his last 25 at-bats with 11 strikeouts in seven games. His average has fallen to a season-low .229.