Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.
Augusta GreenJackets’ Centerfielder Chris Lofton was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 9th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi. Before signing with the Giants, Lofton played football in the fall and baseball in the spring. After the 2009 season he signed with Alabama-Birmingham as a Cornerback and also was a Second-Team All MACJC player while he was a Freshman in 2009.
Lofton obviously couldn’t play both forever, so when the Giants drafted him, this native of Raleigh, MS, decided to jump at the chance to concentrate solely on baseball.
Batting left and throwing right, Lofton started his minor league career in 2010 playing for Salem-Keizer, and then jumped around from Augusta to San Jose and back. He is currently playing for the GreenJackets with a batting average of .245, with 23 RBI, and an OBP of .311. His overall stats include 13 homeruns, 100 stolen bases, and a batting average of .247. In his 5 year career, Lofton has 952 putouts and has committed only 13 errors in 464 games played.
This kid has wheels, but he does need to work on his at-bats, with such a small amount of homeruns overall and just 1 this season so far. However, if the Giants are patient enough, quite possibly Lofton will climb up the ranks and maybe have a chance at stealing a few bases at AT&T.