Baseball America has recently listed Brandon Crawford as the San Francisco Giants #6 Top Prospect. Brandon grew up in the Bay Area (Pleasanton, Ca), and also grew up a Giants fan. Crawford went to Foothill High School and then went on to UCLA before getting drafted by the San Francisco Giants. Bay Area fans have been able to see Crawford in action for the San Jose Giants in 2009 (25 games) and 2010 (5 games).
Getting To Know Brandon Crawford
SF Giants Rumors: What kind of music is on your iPod?
Brandon: You name it… Lil Wayne, Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, Usher, Justin Bieber… everything. My favorites are probably Lil Wayne, Eminem, Tupac, Drake, The Dream, & Avant. But I really do like all kinds of music.
SF Giants Rumors: What’s your favorite baseball movie?
Brandon: The Sandlot… Major League is a classic though too.
SF Giants Rumors: Your dad was a long time season ticket holder at Candlestick Park, so I’m sure you attended a lot of games. Is there any game that you were at that stands out in your memory?
Brandon: I don’t remember specific games at Candlestick. I do remember the second to last game ever played there because everyone got to walk down on the field after the game. I thought that was pretty cool. I also remember how cold and windy it was.
I was at the playoff game against the Mets in 2000 when J.T. Snow hit a home run late in the game down the right field line. That was a really exciting game. I was also at Game 3, I think, of the 2002 World Series. Neither of those series ended up so well for the Giants though.
SF Giants Rumors: Since you grew up a Giants fan, what would be your All Star Giants team?
Brandon: Good question, I’ll just put guys that I saw play…
C- Buster Posey (my current favorite player)
1B- J.T. Snow
2B- Robby Thompson
3B- Matt Williams
SS- Royce Clayton (he was my favorite player for a while when I was younger)
LF- Barry Bonds
CF- Darren Lewis
RF- Willie McGee
DH- (if necessary) Will Clark
SP- Tim Lincecum
SP- Matt Cain
SP- John Burkett
SP- Russ Ortiz
SP- Kirk Rueter
RP- Brian Wilson
RP- Rod Beck
SF Giants Rumors: What is something you love to do other than playing baseball?
Brandon: I play a good amount of video games, have a decent sized movie collection, and listen to music. When I’m not playing, I like to relax.
SF Giants Rumors: If you weren’t playing baseball, what profession would you be in?
Brandon: I’ve always thought being an architect would be fun.
SF Giants Rumors: Since you’re from the Bay Area, where are fans likely to spot you when you’re in town?
Brandon: San Francisco is a great city, there are lots of places to go there. If I’m at home, like I said I like to relax, so I’m probably hanging with my family.
SF Giants Rumors: Is there a player that you played with on the San Jose Giants that you think will someday be an impact player for the San Francisco Giants?
Brandon: I don’t know if you’ve heard of him yet, but his name is Buster Posey. Haha.. Really though, that team had quite a few guys that have already or will eventually make an impact, it’s hard to pick just one. Buster and Bum (Madison Bumgarner) obviously already have made their presence felt, and I think there’s a good chance others may do the same.
SF Giants Rumors: Who was your favorite player as a kid growing up, and who do you think was the greatest player of all time in a Giants uniform?
Brandon: I always liked Royce Clayton, like I said, But my favorite player from about 1995-2005 was Alex Rodriguez. I apologize Giants fans, but to my defense, I did start liking him when he was still a rookie.
The best player for the Giants that I watched was Barry Bonds. It would be hard to not say Willie Mays was the best ever though.
Now On To The Baseball Questions
SF Giants Rumors: Congratulations on your 2nd Big League Spring Training invite. How are you feeling this second time around?
Brandon: Thank you, I’m excited. I can’t wait to get started; I feel ready to go. This is a big spring for me personally and I think it’s a good chance for me to show what I can do.
SF Giants Rumors: Which player at Spring Training would you be most interested in picking their brain and why?
Brandon: I think it would be good to talk with Miguel Tejada because he’s been in the game for a long time and has lot of experience. I talked with Renteria a decent amount last year and picked up a few things and I’m sure I can do the same with Tejada. I want to talk to Buster about his approach at the plate last year as a rookie. I’d like to talk about how pitchers he’s never seen before pitched him and how he handled them.
SF Giants Rumors: What has your typical offseason day been like?
Brandon: Wake up about 10:30… eat breakfast… hit/take groundballs/throw… lunch… work out/ run… video games… dinner… watch How I met Your Mother or Two and A Half Men.
SF Giants Rumors: When you were drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2008 draft, you said that day was bittersweet. You were excited to be drafted by your favorite team, but you expected to be picked higher in the draft. Has that been a motivation to push yourself harder to show other teams what they passed up on?
Brandon: I’m glad I went with the Giants and happy with the position I’m in with the organization right now. I doubt I’d be with the Giants if I went in the first round. The draft is behind me. There are a lot of reasons I push myself. I’m very competitive, so I always try to prove I’m better than the player the other team has at shortstop.
SF Giants Rumors: Do you have and Pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Brandon: Not really. Sometimes when I’m hitting well I guess I try to eat the same thing before every game, or put my bat in a specific spot in the bat rack, but those things never really stick. I’ll do it for a few games and then have a 0-4 game and scrap it.
SF Giants Rumors: In 2010 you hit .236 between San Jose and Richmond. What have you been doing this offseason to work on getting your stroke back?
Brandon: I’ve really worked on making my swing shorter and more direct to the ball. In 2010, I had kind of a long swing with a lot of moving parts. I actually think I had better at bats last year than in 2009, the numbers just didn’t show it. I’m continually working on my approach and making consistent contact.
SF Giants Rumors: Which part of your game are you really going to focus on while at Spring Training, and what drills do you think will help most?
Brandon: I’m going to continue to work on my swing because that is the part that needs the most work. I will be working on all facets of my game though because they can always improve.
SF Giants Rumors: What personal goals have you set for yourself this year?
Brandon: I’d like to continue having better at bats and making consistent contact. If I keep improving on those things I think I will get to where I want to be.
SF Giants Rumors: Is there anything you would like to say to Giants fans?
Brandon: Can’t wait to see you guys in San Francisco. I appreciate all the support you all continually show. Thank you Brandon for taking the time to do this Q&A. SF Giants Rumors would like to wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing you make your Major League debut in San Francisco soon!
~King of Cali