5 San Francisco Giants who deserve a spot on the 2015 All-Star team

By Kit Duggan
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Brandon Crawford

Coming into this season, I didn’t expect that Crawford would emerge as a legit two-way threat. He’s always been dazzling at shortstop, and has displayed the occasional pop in his bat, but this year Crawford has undoubtably elevated his offensive approach.

Without him, the Giants’ rough start to 2015 might have been a lot worse. While everyone was panicking about the initial absence of Hunter Pence and the disappointment of Casey McGehee, Crawford quietly stacked up more RBIs than any of his teammates. He’s cooled down considerably in recent weeks, but that’s tolerable thanks to the team’s collective resurgence.

Crawford has tough competition for a starting spot in the All-Star game, but he at least deserves to make the squad’s reserves. Chicago Cubs standout Starlin Castro and (of course) the Cardinals’ Jhonny Peralta both have considerable support from voters, but even if Crawford doesn’t get the nod, Giants fans will still be more than pleased with his surprising progression.