San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford really developed in 2012 progressing throughout the season in all facets of his game providing stability in the infield with his glove.
Crawford batted .248 in 143 games smacking 108 hits, 26 doubles, three triples, four homers, 45 RBI's and walked 33 times. He recorded 24 multi-hit games and three three-hit games that included a season best nine-game hitting streak from August 7-August 17. His offensive explosion came on July 20 when he connected with his second career grand slam in a Giants road win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Crawford set a career-high with five RBI's on the night.
His best month came in September batting .290 drilling 18 hits, scoring 13 runs, six doubles, five RBI's and seven walks in 23 games. He managed a .357 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage totaling a .776 OPS.
Defensively, he started 122 games at shortstop committing 18 errors and producing a .970 fielding percentage while making some incredible plays saving runs with his agility and strong arm.
Crawford contributed nicely in the postseason batting .217 hammering out 10 hits, one double, one triple and seven RBI"s in 16 games. He came up huge in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series getting a key hit scoring two runs in the top of the fourth helping the Giants extend their season defeating the St. Louis Cardinals. Crawford recorded three multi-hit games in the postseason helping the Giants win the World Series. He committed just one error throughout the postseason showcasing a .985 fielding percentage establishing himself to the national audience as a great defensive player.
Crawford proved in the postseason he will be in contention for the Gold Glove Award in the upcoming years relying on range, quickness and a killer throwing arm. There is plenty of room for him to grow with the glove and bat as we look ahead to 2013. The 25-year-old proved in 2012 he is an everyday player and look for Crawford to blossom into a solid player and key piece to a Giants team that will be contenders the next few seasons.
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