Report: Giants prospect robbed

Outfielder Ford held at gunpoint in New Jersey hometown

By Brittany Ghiroli / Special to | November 24, 2009 5:22 PM

Giants outfield prospect Darren Ford was robbed at gunpoint last week by an assailant who fled with a bank deposit bag, $300 in cash and a cell phone, police told The Press of Atlantic City.

The incident took place at 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 18 at a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission office in Atlantic City, the newspaper reported. Police did not specify how much money was in the bank deposit bag.

According to the newspaper, the 24-year-old Ford, who works at a local Chevrolet dealership during the offseason, was carrying the deposit bag when he stopped at the motor vehicle bureau.

Ford reportedly told investigators he was approached by a man who pointed a double-barreled shotgun at him and demanded he turn over his belongings. Police said the suspect fled in a car.

Ford recently was added to the Giants' 40-man roster after hitting .300 with 17 doubles, nine triples, nine homers and 50 RBIs in 101 games with Class A Advanced San Jose this season. He also stole 35 bases in 47 tries and was named California League Player of the Week for the period ending July 13.

Ford was selected by Milwaukee in the 18th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft and was an All-Star in the South Atlantic and Florida State leagues during 3 1/2 seasons in the Brewers farm system. He was traded to the Giants in July 2008 with left-handed pitcher Steve Hammond for veteran infielder Ray Durham.

Brittany Ghiroli is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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