Aug. 14, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Shortstop Brandon Crawford, UCLA's starting shortstop the past three seasons, has signed a professional contract with the San Francisco Giants and will forego his senior season. Crawford, a junior on the 2008 baseball team, was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft by San Francisco as the 117th overall selection.
Crawford ended his UCLA career having started in all 179 games in three seasons - 177 starts at shortstop and two starts as the designated hitter (in 2007) - while helping send UCLA to the postseason each spring. The Pleasanton, Calif., resident batted over .300 in each of three seasons, including a career best .335 average as a sophomore in 2007, and earned team most valuable player honors in 2006 and 2007.
"Brandon was one of the greatest shortstops to ever play at UCLA, and his statistics speak for themselves," head coach John Savage said. "His durability and athleticism showed up every day at the ballpark. Brandon never missed a game while in a Bruin uniform, and he helped us get to three straight postseasons. We wish him the best of luck in his professional career."
In 2008, Crawford registered a .302 average with seven home runs, 13 doubles, five triples and 51 RBI. In 2007, the Bruins' shortstop collected seven home runs, 17 doubles, two triples and 55 RBI as UCLA advanced to the Fullerton Super Regional. Crawford earned Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America in 2006, after having posted a .318 average with six home runs, 14 doubles and 30 RBI.
Crawford was one of five Bruins selected to the 2008 Fullerton Regional All-Tournament Team, hitting at a .375 clip (6-for-16) in four games. Crawford ended his junior season having registered an 11-game hit streak.
Five players from the 2008 UCLA baseball team have signed pro contracts - Ryan Babineau (Arizona), Alden Carrithers (Detroit), Jermaine Curtis (St. Louis) and Tim Murphy (Texas). Three high school players who signed National Letters of Intent last fall to enroll and play baseball at UCLA forfeited their eligibility this summer by signing pro contracts - Tyler Chatwood (L.A. Angels), Cutter Dykstra (Milwaukee) and Clark Murphy (Texas).
The deadline for signing a player selected in the First-Year Player Draft is Friday, August 15 (9 p.m., PT).
BRANDON CRAWFORD'S COLLEGIATE STATISTICS