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Richie Shaffer | First Baseman | #36

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (25) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Rays optioned INF Richie Shaffer to Triple-A Durham.
Shaffer was hitting .125/.250/.292 over 28 plate appearances this spring in the Grapefruit League. He will function as organizational corner infield depth. Mar 30 - 3:55 PM

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Richie Shaffer went 0-for-3 on Friday, leaving him 2-for-15 this spring.

The Rays made it clear exactly what they think of Shaffer when they signed Steve Pearce to a one-year deal last month. Shaffer probably would have done just fine starting against left-handers as a part-time player, but there's no room for him now.
Mar 11 - 4:33 PM

Richie Shaffer checked out okay on Friday after getting drilled by a pitch in his left knee during his final at-bat.

Shaffer wanted to stay in the game and indicated afterwards that the injury was no big deal. He faces an uphill battle this spring while competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster. His chances would improve significantly if the club is able to deal James Loney.
Mar 5 - 8:10 AM

Mark Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times believes the Rays won't have room for Richie Shaffer in the major leagues unless they trade James Loney.

The Rays signed Steve Pearce this week, creating a log jam at first base. Shaffer showed promise in his first taste of big league action, belting four homers in 31 at-bats last fall. Unfortunately it might be a while before he gets another chance with Pearce and Loney hogging reps at first base. Loney is entering the last year of his contract though teams won't be lining up to pay his $8 million salary.
Jan 23 - 8:04 PM

Richie Shaffer went 2-for-4 with a double in Friday's loss to the Blue Jays.

The double was Shaffer's third of the season and he hit it against wily southpaw Mark Buehrle. With two games remaining in the 2015 campaign, the 24-year-old first baseman is 14-for-71 over the course of 29 games, working his way to a meager .197/.318/.408 triple-slash with four home runs and six RBI.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 10:36:00 PM

Richie Shaffer went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a strikeout in Saturday's loss to the Orioles.

Shaffer put the Rays on the board early with his RBI double in the first inning, but it would be the only run the team scored in the game. He's just 10-for-50 this season, which works out to an even .200. There's no fantasy intrigue given the lack of at-bats and the lack of productivity with the at-bats he has seen.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 09:17:00 PM

Rays recalled 1B/OF Richie Shaffer from Triple-A Durham.

Shaffer went 5-for-19 with two solo home runs and 10 strikeouts during his first stint in the majors in August. He deserves another look, though it's unclear if he'll get another playing time to be fantasy relevant.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 09:18:00 AM

Rays optioned 1B/OF Richie Shaffer to Triple-A Durham.

Shaffer went 5-for-19 with two solo home runs and 10 strikeouts in his eight-game stay with the Rays. The 24-year-old former first-round pick should be back up in the majors when rosters expand in September.
Mon, Aug 17, 2015 12:13:00 PM

Richie Shaffer hit what proved to be a game-deciding solo home run, helping the Rays eke out a win over the Mets on Sunday.

Shaffer, who finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored, took Bartolo Colon out to left field for a solo home run which broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning. The 24-year-old showed some good power in the minors and should be expected for more of the same in the big leagues.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Richie Shaffer hit his first major league home run in Tuesday's win over the White Sox.

Shaffer took reliever Daniel Webb deep for a solo homer in the seventh inning to get on the board. He also walked and scored another run in the game. It's not surprising that it took Shaffer just two games to find the seats, as he hit 16 homers in 55 games at Triple-A this year before being promoted. The homer certainly won't be the last for the former first-round pick.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 12:11:00 AM

Rays purchased the contract of 1B/3B Richie Shaffer from Triple-A Durham.

Shaffer has hit .265/.359/595 with 16 home runs in 55 games this season at the Triple-A level. He was the 25th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft and could slide his way into semi-regular playing time if things go well out of the gate. The 24-year-old should be on fantasy watch lists.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 02:30:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to call up 1B/3B Richie Shaffer on Monday.

He's expected to take the roster spot of Matt Moore who will be optioned to Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old is hitting .261/.357/.538 with 23 homers and 59 RBI in 93 games between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. He'll be counted on to add some much-needed punch to the Rays offense.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 07:18:00 PM

Rays prospect 3B Richie Shaffer went 1-for-4 with his 16th home run of the season on Wednesday for Triple-A Durham.

Shaffer has been a beast since moving up to Durham in late May, batting .309/.400/.557 with nine home runs, six doubles and 18 RBI in 23 games for the Bulls. The 24-year-old corner infielder opened the season at Double-A Montgomery, where he posted a .262/.362/.470 batting line with seven home runs and 10 doubles in 39 games. Between both levels, the 2012 first-rounder is batting a robust .278/.375/.557 with 16 home runs, 16 doubles and 45 RBI in 62 games. It goes without saying that Shaffer is having a breakout year after batting just .222/.318/.440 in 119 games for Montgomery last season. While he lacks a clear path to playing time in the major leagues at the hot corner, the Rays conceivably could try to get Shaffer’s bat in the lineup at first base.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 03:06:00 PM

Rays 3B prospect Richie Shaffer homered three times in Friday's win for Triple-A Durham.

Shaffer is the third Durham player to go deep three times in a game and the first since Justin Ruggiano in 2009. The 24-year-old still strikes out too often (70 Ks in 210 at-bats) but his power is definitely real. He's already cranked 14 homers in 57 games this year. His batting average has actually improved since getting promoted to Triple-A (.311 AVG for Durham, .262 at Montgomery).
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 03:19:00 PM

Rays third base prospect Richie Shaffer went 4-for-5 with three RBI Sunday in his first game for Triple-A Durham.

A first-round pick out of Clemson in 2012, Shaffer has shown plus power at each of his four minor league stops. That trend continued with two homers Sunday, the 42nd and 43rd of his career. The 24-year-old has plenty of potential but will need to cut down on his strikeouts before reaching the next level. He's already whiffed 49 times in 154 at-bats this season, including 15 punch-outs over his last 10 games.
Mon, May 25, 2015 01:16:00 PM

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