Obviously, I’m biased. But, doing a straight numbers comparison between him and Lee sells Hideki way short.
Contrary to popular opinion Matsui is still adjusting to MLB. He’s only been in the league for two years. His true power numbers are closer to 40-45 HRs and, if he bats cleanup for a full season, 120-130 RBIs.
I think a more accurate comparison would be to look at both players first two seasons in the league.
Lee – 16, 24 HRs respectively and 84, 92 RBI
Matsui 16, 31 HRs respectively and 106,108 RBI
It took Lee several years to make it to 31, while Matsui made it in year 2 by doubling his previous year’s output. Such a spike, indicates that he has more in his bat than we have seen. And the RBI output for both seasons shows that Hideki is a cut above Lee as a power slugger.
I honestly feel he's capable of Sheffield type numbers. If a guy hit 50 HRs in the minors, then follwed that up with 31 in his second season, the average scout would say that player's best is ahead of him, not behind him. (obviously no prospect would hit 50 in the minors because they'd be called up before the end of the season)
Crawford is another animal altogether. Speed and average. However, I think you could pick that up from other positions other than the outfield.