Wayne Graham said --"Ford is much-improved and we think he has a chance to be a front-line shortstop. Obviously he has offensive skills and good speed. His arm has also improved."
At Rice -- 2012: Conference USA All-Freshman; C-USA Hitter of the Week (May 14); C-USA Academic Honor Roll; All-Silver Glove Series team for his play in the annual season-long series against crosstown rival Houston; Registered 47 appearances with 36 starts in first season of Division I baseball... Made 35 starts at shortstop and one at second base... Played primarily as a reserve in the first 29 games (10 starts) but worked his way into starting 26 of the next 31... Started at shortstop in each of the last 15 games where he batted .321 to raise his season average 22 points to its final .289... Strong second half took its toll mainly on C-USA opponents, where he batted an eye-opening .368 with a .476 on-base average in 21 league games... Hit a team-leading .348 in 66 at bats against elite opponents that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament... Disciplined approach helped him finish third on the team in on-base percentage (.411) and fourth in walks (30) despite being only ninth in at bats (142)... Drew two walks in a game eight different times... Finished second on the team in games batting leadoff, where he hit .329 to help the Owls go 13-6... Collected two or more hits in a game 11 times, including a career-high four hits in games against Texas A&M, Houston and UAB... Was sixth on the team in runs scored (30)... Scored two or more runs six times, with a career-high three in a win over UAB... Batted a steady .347 with runners on base and .341 with men in scoring position... Drove-in 17 runs and had two RBI in a game on three occasions... Appeared as a pinch-hitter six times where he went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks... Maintained a .933 fielding percentage... Turned or started 18 of the Owls' 36 double plays... Tallied a career-high five defensive assists against Houston... Made four put outs three different times... Played for the Haymarket Senators in the Valley League over the summer.
High School -- A 2011 graduate of Highland Park High School in Dallas... Selected to play in the 2011 Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association all-star game... Honorable mention All-Area... Three-year starting middle-infielder and four-letterman for a Highland Park team that is annually ranked among the top 4A programs in the state... Helped lead the Scots to a 32-6 record and to the Region II quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament... Served as senior team captain for head coach Fred Oliver... Batted .412 as a junior in 2010, earning first team All-District 10-4A and helping the Scots to a 25-10 record and the bi-district finals... Played on to the Dallas Metro Scout League All-Stars in the Perfect Game tournament in Jupiter, Fla.... Versatile athlete was also a four-year letterman in tennis... Helped the Scots with three state titles in tennis with one finish as the state runner-up... Maintained a 3.92 grade point average (4.0 scale) to earn Academic All-State... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... Community Service Council member... Active in a number of charitable outreach programs.
Personal -- Full name: Raiford Hammond Stainback (prefers the nickname Ford). Born: January 19, 1993, in Dallas. Parents: Kent and Amy Stainback of Dallas. Father was a four-year golf letterman at Baylor (1978-81). Grandfather, Bo Sexton, was a baseball and football letterman at the University of Texas (1954-57). College: McMurtry