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Brandon Crawford - Sleeper or Undermatched?

Crawford has always been a tools guys.  At UCLA he was praised for his raw tools, but it seemed like he never put it all together in a season; I mean he was good, but just not as good as his abilities could make him.  The Giants took a shot on him in the 4th round last year but he only appeared in 4 games.  This season he is starting out in High-A San Jose (part of the mega-prospect infield/team).  So far, he is absolutely raking:

Team League AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS OBP SLG OPS
SJ CAL .389 18 72 15 28 2 2 5 14 49 9 23 2 2 .476 .681 1.157

What do you think of him going forward?  Did he put all of his stuff together now that he is pro? Or will he falter in higher levels?  One thing that really sticks out to me is his 9 BB/23 K, which to me shows me that he has decent discipline, but still strikes out a bunch.  Unfortunately I haven't been able to make it up to Muni so far this year so any first-person knowledge would be appreciated.  

John rated him outside the top-20 Giants prospects to begin the year. Does he have a shot to crack the top-5 (behind Bumgarner, Alderson, Posey, and Villalona) this year?

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