SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants only had one player listed on the Arizona Fall League rosters released Tuesday: shortstop Brandon Crawford.
Crawford will report to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions this fall along with five to-be-determined players (four pitchers and one outfielder). The 24-year-old shortstop batted .190 with a .536 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) in 50 games for the Giants this season. He was called up after a rash of injuries in late May and instantly made a big splash, hitting a grand slam for his first Major League hit and displaying the kind of athletic defense the Giants have long been without.
But Crawford was rushed to the Majors, as he was on his way to Double-A Richmond from Class A San Jose when injuries forced his promotion. General manager Brian Sabean said Tuesday that Crawford needed to learn how to fail in the big leagues as much as he needed to experience success, and he is hopeful the young shortstop will benefit from his time in the Fall League.
"The more at-bats that he has against higher-level or better pitching, the faster he's going to get straight mechanically and he'll be a factor up here," Sabean said. ""He was up here out of duress on our part. Did he earn his way? No. Does he still have a lot to learn? Yes. ... It's unforgiving on those guys because the speed of the game is ahead of what their experience is or what their learning curve is."