From the Collection: Shelby Ford, 2b, Pittsburg Pirates

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Shelby Ford 2006 Crosscutters MiLB card, acquired TTM in 2007

Shelby Ford was selected by Pirates in third round of 2006 draft out of Oklahoma State.

He projected to be a middle infielder with a good bat and solid glove. He didn’t have a tool that stood out, and profiled best as a offensively minded utility player in the majors.

From 2006-2008 he ranked in the Pirates top 25 prospects, topping out as their #8 prospect after the 2008 season. He wrestled with injuries, and was still uneven in the field, but it looked like he was destined to be the Pirates second baseman at some point in 2009.

But things did not work out. He struggled in AAA, and was demoted. Injuries played no small role, and he was never able to get his bat back on track. He struggled through to 2010 season in High-A and AA, and though he finally made it back to AAA in 2011, he was not the same player he once was.

From 2012-2015 Ford played Indy ball, and hit well enough, but at this point he was in his late 20’s and the game had passed him by.

I liked him as a prospect, and I remember being bummed when he hit the wall in AAA.

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2006 21 -0.7 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-A- PIT 62 248 6 29 5 3 17 54 .278 .345 .452 .797
2007 22 -1.1 Lynchburg CARL A+ PIT 94 360 5 55 14 0 34 68 .281 .360 .433 .793
2008 23 -1.4 Altoona EL AA PIT 81 319 4 32 19 5 20 49 .285 .338 .458 .796
2008 23 0.1 Scottsdale AZFL Fal 18 68 3 11 4 1 8 5 .294 .385 .515 .899
2009 24 -2.5 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-AA PIT 115 401 6 44 10 1 26 76 .200 .263 .297 .559
2010 25 1.5 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-A+ PIT 92 286 6 33 5 3 19 74 .245 .301 .367 .668
2011 26 1.0 2 Teams 2 Lgs AA-AAA PIT 28 85 3 10 0 2 3 24 .224 .247 .365 .612
2012 27 0.7 Fort Worth NABL Ind 44 154 1 19 3 1 10 22 .299 .359 .422 .781
2013 28 3.2 2 Teams 2 Lgs Ind 41 156 2 35 0 0 14 14 .321 .378 .487 .865
2014 29 1.4 Sioux Falls AA Ind 30 110 6 19 2 0 7 9 .336 .381 .582 .963
2015 30 3.4 Sioux Falls AA Ind 2 7 0 1 0 1 2 0 .286 .444 .286 .730
Minors (6 seasons) Minors 472 1699 30 203 53 14 119 345 .253 .316 .394 .710
All Levels (10 Seasons) 607 2194 42 288 62 17 160 395 .267 .329 .415 .744
Ind (4 seasons) Other 117 427 9 74 5 2 33 45 .316 .373 .485 .858
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/19/2016.
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