Where did Brandon Crawford rank among MLB shortstops in 2019?
Simply put, it was a brutal season at the plate for Brandon Crawford.
The only everyday shortstop with worse offensive numbers was Orlando Arcia of the Milwaukee Brewers, who hit just .223/.283/.350 with a 64 OPS+ and minus-0.1 WAR in 152 games.
Of course, Arcia was making the league-minimum, while Crawford took home $15.2 million.
That price tag won’t change anytime soon, as he’s owed $30.4 million over the final two years of a six-year, $75 million contract.
Can he bounce back?
His .274 BABIP was well below his .295 career mark, so he dealt with some bad luck, and his hard-contact rate actually jumped from 36.2 to 39.3 percent, so there is some reason for optimism.
Given his contract situation, he’ll get every chance to earn his salary next year, and with top prospect Marco Luciano still a few years away, there’s no immediate in-house threat to his playing time.
He’s also still a solid defender, albeit not the same dynamic shortstop he was in his prime.
The San Francisco Giants will almost certainly begin the 2020 season with Brandon Crawford penciled into the starting shortstop role. Can he return to form?