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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Brandon Crawford (Credit: UCLA)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Brandon Crawford
Position:Shortstop
School:UCLA
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:01/21/87
Height:6'2"
Weight:200 lbs.
Bats:Left
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):03/13 - 03/15/08
Game(s):Cal Poly


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting Ability:In the past, Crawfod has shown an ability to drive the ball, but he has struggled thus far in 2008. He's a pull hitter and has been pulling off of balls on the outer half of the plate.
Power:He's got plus raw power to the pull side.
Running Speed:A solid average to plus runner, a slightly thicker lower half has brought him down a tick this year.
Base running:He's a confident base-runner who can steal a base.
Arm Strength:He's got a solid average arm and can make the throw from the hole with ease.
Fielding:His hands have always been good, though he's not making the spectacular plays as regularly as he has in the past.
Range:He seems to have lost a step and isn't getting to as many balls as he once did.
Physical Description:Crawford is a physically mature athlete, with a strong and muscular upper half, along with a thick waist and lower half.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:When he's going well, he's an all-round shortstop who can hit, hit for power, steal a base and make the plays.
Weaknesses:His confidence is shot this year and it's reflecting in almost all facets of his game.
Summary:After his first two seasons at UCLA, Crawford seemed poised to be one of the top collegiate middle infielders in the class. But a rough Cape season appears to have carried over and he's lost some confidence in his game, both at the plate and in the field. Some added thickness to his lower half has taken away a little of his quickness, though he's still a solid shortstop. If he can right himself, he's the kind of player who usually sees himself go off the board within the first couple of rounds.