San Francisco Giants: 10 best shortstops in franchise history
5. Brandon Crawford (2011-19), San Francisco Giants
Stats: 96 OPS+, .250/.316/.392, 1,005 H, 93 HR, 507 RBI, 457 R
WAR: 23.1 rWAR/20.5 fWAR
Accolades: 2x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, 1x Silver Slugger
WS Titles: 2
A three-year starter at UCLA, Brandon Crawford was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.
While he never hit a ton in the minors, his glove carried him to the big leagues and he made his major league debut on May 27, 2001, supplanting an aging Miguel Tejada and an out-of-position Mike Fontenot to emerge as the team’s starting shortstop.
It took him a few years to find his footing offensively, but he eventually emerged as one of the better two-way players at the position, peaking in 2015 when he posted a 113 OPS+ with 33 doubles and 21 home runs to win Silver Slugger honors the same year he won his first Gold Glove.
He has since added two more Gold Gloves to his trophy case, to go along with a pair of World Series rings.
His production at the plate has dipped this season and he’s lost a step defensively, but he’s still an above-average shortstop and his 87 OPS+ could be worse.
With two years at $15.2 million a pop left on his contract and no clear near-term replacement in the system, Crawford should have two more seasons to build on his Giants legacy.